Inspiration

Snowdrop season is just around the corner

0 Written by Lisa on 11th Jan 2017 in Inspiration, Plants

January is always a long month, especially after the festivities of Christmas, but it won’t be long until the snowdrops start to emerge and I always think their arrival promises that spring isn’t that far around the corner.

We moved to Wales in January, two years ago, and I have a memory of seeing some snowdrops in amongst the overgrown grassy bank outside the kitchen window just a couple of weeks later.  They were followed by primroses and then some narcissus, the prospect of what other jewels may appear was quite exciting!

Snowdrops I think look best when they’re planted en masse and there are many gardens that open up to show off their display at this time of year.  Chelsea Physic Garden in London have special snowdrop days.  This year it’s open from 28th January until 3rd February (more details on their website).

Alternatively you could visit the Shaftesbury Snowdrop Festival  where, as a tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on her Diamond Jubilee,
the people of Shaftesbury began planting thousands of snowdrops in public places around the town to create a series of scenic, accessible, snowdrop walks.

The Great British Gardens Website has a comprehensive list of gardens that feature snowdrops so it’s worth a look to see what’s near you. If you’re lucky, there may be hellebores to see too.

 

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Some grassy inspiration from Barn House Garden

3 Written by Lisa on 8th Dec 2016 in Inspiration

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I was very fortunate to be introduced to Kate Patel this year who, as it happens, lives just up the road on the other side of The Wye Valley. Read more

Canary Wharf Part 3 – The gardens

0 Written by Lisa on 14th Nov 2016 in Inspiration

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You may question what the image above has to do with gardens, but as we were about to go up the escalator to the Cross Rail Roof Garden, this was the scene out of the window. Quite dramatic don’t you think? Read more

Canary Wharf Part Two – Black & White

0 Written by Lisa on 8th Nov 2016 in Inspiration

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I don’t normally take pictures in black and white, but I think sometimes they can be more dramatic than colour photographs, especially when the architecture is strong. Read more

A trip to Canary Wharf with my camera

0 Written by Lisa on 3rd Nov 2016 in Inspiration

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I’ve never been to Canary Wharf before, quite amazing really considering that I lived in London for 8 years and worked in the City for most of that time. Read more

Grab your wallet, there are some bargains to be had

0 Written by Lisa on 27th Sep 2016 in Garden accessories

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I popped into our local garden centre last week and was horrified to see that they were already clearing the shelves and getting ready for the Christmas decorations.  In September, really? Read more

A few days away in south west Wales

0 Written by Lisa on 20th Sep 2016 in Inspiration

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We managed to grab a couple of days away last week in a place called Llansteffan, on the Towy estuary.  We had the most amazing weather and I was very happy to take in the open sandy beaches and big skies which always present themselves in coastal locations. Read more

Artistic talent and a frivolous purchase

0 Written by Lisa on 26th Aug 2016 in Inspiration

Rachel Dein workshop

Many weeks ago when I visited the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show, I came across Rachel Dein.  She creates the most fabulous botanical art in plaster and concrete.  In fact you may have seen her on Country File a couple of weeks ago when she featured on the show? Read more

The garden gem that is Dewstow

2 Written by Lisa on 22nd Aug 2016 in Inspiration

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A few weeks ago I made an impromptu visit with my parents to Dewstow Garden near Chepstow.  I’d heard about it a while ago and I was curious to see what it was like. To be honest I didn’t expect to like it, but it couldn’t have surprised me more. Read more

A visit to Jekka’s Herb Farm sparked a horticultural debate

0 Written by Lisa on 12th Aug 2016 in Inspiration, Plants

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A couple of weeks ago I visited Jekka’s Herb Farm with the Garden Media Guild.  What an inspiring lady Jekka is, so passionate about what she does and about spreading the word about the benefits of herbs to our health and well being. Read more

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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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