My second land form which is the movement of tons of soil & sub soil to create a sculptured shape with in the landscape & part of the garden.
In late July rather later than I might have preferred I trimmed our topiary hornbeam hedge. The long new season growths had increased the size of the hedge by about 2 feet. I like my hedge to have a formal shape although one of the glories of the Hornbeam is that it becomes very informal during the growing season.
However I leave a Mohican of long growth on the top or the hedge to give extra privacy and informality, I find trimming a shoulder accentuates the longer growth. Along the hedge are shapes on stems. Inside in our garden is an arch linking with a Yew hedge and an arbour projecting out both formed the hornbeam hedge. The front picture is looking into an arch from the road.
The picture below is the neatly trimmed hedge on our shared drive, which give our neighbours a stimulating view as they pass it !
Kate has been busy developing her skills with roses for a few years now which has given our garden a good show of them, I took these photo’s of one group in our garden from buds to full flower.
They start with pictures in June with Hesperis which is an excellent combination to my mind, then the Roses as part of the garden then pictures during July when they have come into full bloom.
Design and planting in the Cotswolds. The picture of the oak circle was taken soon after planting early autumn 12. My client felt she wanted a very special woodland feature to celebrate a significant birthday. We created a magical space in which she could walk to and feel at rest. All the trees bought and the ground prepared she and her friends walked to the circle and planted the trees with Hugh’s guidance. Later the area was fenced against deer and will have a wild flower meadow planted within untill it is shaded out. The addition of a rough hewn stone column in the middle & a rose bush will make a very appealing focal point. Following this work Hugh has designed and planted with friends a surrounding woodland. Additionally a conservation shelter belt using native trees that will support wildlife as well as offering the property shelter form the winds. Later, in the garden we needed to remove two large Eucalyptus trees that had become overpowering and replace them with some large specimens an Acer campestre & a Prunus amanagowna. Both need considerable preparation and aftercare.
There has been a considerable amount of tree planting which is on going during the winter seasons. Pictures show planting & use of tree guards matts are also used but photo’s were taken before they were placed. All this effort is there to give the trees the best possible chance of a quick establishment and growth.
Design & Planting in West Wiltshire
This island bed is situated in a formal garden in Wiltshire. It was very run down following many years of neglect. The owner’s estate team refurbished the stonework. The brief was to design on one side a planting to work with the formal aspect of the garden however the other side had to work with the garden moving into the wider estate and a russet type of planting was required to enhance the late summer views from the estate and draw the walker into the formal area.
Garden Design, consultation, project management in Wiltshire. From disused allotments to family friendly school garden. This was a challenging project, requiring careful consideration of the landscape as well as health & safety issues for young children. Ensuring the old garden meshed well with the new. It required working with levels and creating a way of joining one area safely with the other, by redistributing soil on site & substantially change the land form. We even created a landform. It required working within the constraints of an ANOB, with the planning authority, the environment agency due to a steam, and tree officers. Working with the teachers & governors, local communities and parish councils. Organising, overseeing & working collaboratively with contractors. In the end it worked well and everybody was pleased with the result.