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  I would like to introduce you to Hugh, a new addition to the garden.  Hugh was created by my friend Vik Westaway who is a sculptress specialising in willow.  In particular she creates amazing willow people which you can place in your garden but I prefer her animals and I fell in love with the owl some time ago.   So I was thrilled that as a thank you for the huge… Read More

I love Bryans Ground in Herefordshire. It’s just one of those places that always delights me and which oozes with the spirit of the owners, so much character and personality.  I have visited probably four times over recent years but haven’t managed a visit for the last couple of years so it was interesting to see the changes. The house is typical Arts and Crafts style having been built in 1913.  The… Read More

So what did I think of RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014? Well I thought the show gardens were on the whole of a high standard although there was still an element of sameness despite the well publicised inclusion of a number of younger designers but then again there are only so many formats you can adopt with a show garden and I think we have become very spoilt in recent years.  It… Read More

Whilst we visited 12 gardens in the San Francisco area, the majority of which were private and all were beautifully maintained, there were 3 which I really found inspiring. The Mechanics Garden This was the first garden we visited and I expect there are similar gardens in London and any city.  We arrived at an old style apartment block, entered the foyer and wondered where on earth we were going.  Down some… Read More

Yesterday started overcast which came as rather a surprise given the wonderful sunshine we have had this week.  We have lost faith in the local weather forecast which seems to bare no resemblance to the actual temperatures so it’s now a case of peering at the sky and putting layers in the car. Yesterday’s destination was St Ives. Like St Michael’s Mount I have wanted to visit St Ives for a while. … Read More

I missed out on my garden club’s April garden visit and last month it was our plant sale so I was looking forward to this month’s outing.  We do try to go to gardens that aren’t open on a regular basis or if they open under the NGS, those that only open the group visits.  This month’s outing was to Showborough House nr Twyning in Worcestershire. The current owners had taken up… Read More

I mentioned the sculptures at Tatton Park in an earlier post and to be honest I wasnt that impressed but there was one ‘sculpture’ that my eldest son and I loved.  This woodmans hut for want of a better name was stunning.  It has such an organic shape to start with and the construction is amazing! Its made out of wooden palings and assembled over a complex wooden structure.  But strangely you will… Read More