Memories of a simple lunch in Provence

This lovely late sunshine has brought back memories of a wonderful lunch we had at our friends’ (Sabine and Christopher Hoysted’s) house in Provence.  Sabine is an interior designer but she could equally be a garden designer as her garden just outside St Remy de Provence (Van Gogh country) is delightful and very pretty indeed.  […]

Chartres cathedral and its planting

On our way back from Provence we stopped to look at Chartres cathedral, which is of course magnificent, but which was undergoing alot of renovation so I was delighted to see the beautiful planting to the side of it!  In fact, dare I admit it, as a garden designer I was almost more taken with […]

West Green House

We went to see Don Giovanni produced by the English Country House Opera at West Green House last night and what a wonderful evening it was!  A picnic in the beautiful gardens by the lake of this lovely private house owned by the garden designer, Marylyn Abbott.  I urge you to visit her gardens near […]

Wimbledon garden – beautiful planting!

This beautiful Wimbledon garden started off as a heavily “shrubbed” (mostly rhodies) and over grown garden.  We stripped out a mass of stuff but still keeping some shrubs (and adding new prettier ones – camellias, roses etc ) for shape and definition in the winter. We have since put in lovely fronds of acers, heucheras, […]

Clapham garden planted up

This is a small tricky little garden (access was difficult – everything came over the wall!), we didn’t do much but we also did alot as the transformation is unbelievable.  Some simple things make all the difference:  good paving, trellising and planting plus small details such as moving and painting the garden shed, getting rid […]

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