Inspiration

Searching for bluebells

0 Written by Lisa on 22nd Apr 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

Bluebells in White Down Surrey Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I hope you had a lovely Easter!?  We made the most of the good weather and went in search of bluebells.  They’re out early this year and, although they need a bit more time to be fully at their best, they still looked pretty spectacular.

Bluebell wood Lisa Cox Garden Designs

I don’t think there’s much that can beat the sight of an English bluebell wood.  We’re very lucky to have lots here in the South East – you may remember I went on a wildflower photography course in Kent last year and the bluebells there were spectacular.

Bluebell wood White Down Surrey Lisa Cox Garden Designs

English bluebell wood Lisa Cox Garden Designs

This year we went to White Down in the Surrey Hills, you walk just 5 mins from the road and the sea of blue opens out before you.

Blubells at White Down Surrey Lisa Cox Garden Designs

White Down Bluebell Wood Lisa Cox Garden Designs

Bluebells are scented too – even though they weren’t fully out, the perfume in the air was still wonderful.

English bluebells Lisa Cox Garden Designs

English Bluebells in Surrey Lisa Cox Garden Designs

English bluebells at White Down Lisa Cox Garden Designs

But it wasn’t only the bluebells that were on show – the wild Ajuga was in flower too…

Wild ajuga Lisa Cox Garden Designs

And the bracken fronds were starting to unfurl in a very dramatic way…

Unfurling bracken fronds Lisa Cox Garden Designs

The beech trees too were coming to life – I’ve never really noticed the flowers before…

Flowering beech tree Lisa Cox Gardeb Designs

You still have some time to go searching for bluebells.  Winkworth Arboretum is a fabulous place to see them as  is Hatchlands Park, but if you’re a bit more adventurous, there’s plenty to see out in the countryside too.

 

(Images: Lisa Cox)

My outdoor living article for M&S Bank

0 Written by Lisa on 27th Mar 2014 in Design Tips, Inspiration

Designing your garden for outdoor living article M&S Bank Lisa Cox Designs

I’m excited to show you the finished article I’ve written for M&S Bank which went live on their website this week. Read more

First signs of spring at RHS Garden Wisley – Part Two

2 Written by Lisa on 14th Mar 2014 in Inspiration, Plants

crocus at RHS Wisley Garden Lisa Cox Designs

On Tuesday I shared some images of RHS Garden Wisley, which is feeling very spring like now.  I took so many images of the spring flowers that I thought I’d share them with you in a separate blog post. Read more

First signs of spring at RHS Garden Wisley – Part One

0 Written by Lisa on 11th Mar 2014 in Inspiration

RHS Garden Wisley by Lisa Cox

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Textures & materials: A walk with my camera in Leatherhead

2 Written by Lisa on 28th Feb 2014 in Inspiration

Pathway by St Marys Church Leatherhead Lisa Cox Garden Designs

It never ceases to amaze me how looking through the lens of a camera can change the way you see things.  I’ve lived in Leatherhead for 11 years so I know it pretty well, but it’s not until I go out with my camera that I really start to see things. Read more

Handmade terracotta flowerpots from Whichford Pottery

0 Written by Lisa on 25th Feb 2014 in Garden accessories

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I recently attended the Garden Media Guild Home & Garden Press Event and these handmade pots from Whichford Pottery caught my eye. Read more

Looking forward to RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

0 Written by Lisa on 21st Feb 2014 in Inspiration

Vital Earth The Night Sky Garden Harry & David Rich RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014

It might seem a bit early to be talking about the Chelsea Flower Show, but the designers and exhibitors will by now be counting down the weeks and making sure everything’s in place ready for the build up.  By the time the show opens on 20th May, each garden will have been in the making for well over a year. Read more

An inspiring weekend in the Wye Valley

0 Written by Lisa on 18th Feb 2014 in Inspiration

Wye valley in Winter Lisa Cox Garden Designs

We spent an inspiring few days in the Wye Valley this weekend.  We only decided mid-week that we were going so we struggled to find a cottage that was available to rent. Read more

How does your garden grow in winter?

0 Written by Lisa on 20th Dec 2013 in Inspiration, Plants

Sir Harold Hillier Garden

We’re not in the garden very much over the winter months, but it’s still really important that it looks great and has some interest.  I always think winter is the time when you really see the structure of a garden in all its glory because there’s nothing to distract you. Read more

5 Christmas gift ideas for gardeners

0 Written by Lisa on 12th Dec 2013 in Garden accessories, Inspiration

Funky veg kit from Not on the high street

Christmas is just around the corner so I thought I’d give you a few gift ideas for people who love their garden… Read more

Lisa Cox Welcome

I specialise in helping families to turn their gardens into an extension of their home and into a space that can be used and enjoyed all year round.

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