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Colne Terrace, Wivenhoe19/07/2015

Last week we completed a garden that we designed for a client in Wivenhoe near Colchester in Essex. The brief for the job was to create a water feature similar to the borrowdykes along the estuary of the river Colne. …

how do your roses grow?07/07/2015

When I was a young lad in the seventies, most of the gardens in my street were crammed full of colourful roses, including my parent’s garden. My brother, sister and I used to pick them when we were on summer …

Even Formal Gardens Benefit Wildlife02/07/2015

We recently completed a garden design and landscaping job in Brighton. The brief was to create a formal garden using traditional box hedging using white stones to brighten the space up. Instead of using box hedging it was decided to …

My Own Garden Design19/06/2015

Since moving into my home over a year ago I have been looking forward to getting stuck in to re-designing the garden. I waited a while to get to know the space first. Waiting was difficult for me as I …

Ivy. Love it or hate it?12/06/2015

Ivy is one of the plants I often bring up when doing a garden design for a customer. As soon as I mention the word I can instantly tell from the facial reactions how this idea has been received. More …

Can you dig it?09/06/2015

Yes you can, but not too deep. It has been quite fashionable in the world of horticulture in recent years to opt for a no digging style of gardening, particularly within the permaculture movement. The reason for this is the …

Propagating Green Pathways08/06/2015

Even though I removed all grass from my garden I still wanted some green areas I could walk on. I opted for placing bricks directly into the soil leaving gaps for plants to grow. Through the main garden the gaps …

edible gardens31/05/2015

 

On the Rowhedge water front I have been helping to create two edible gardens.  When I first suggested doing this I was met with a lot of confused faces.  The reason for this is that most people, when they …

Educating Lucy22/05/2015

Seven years ago I was teaching a young Lucy Nichol horticulture at Tabor High School.  From the very beginning it was obvious she had a love of growing plants and she made it very easy for me to nurture this …

Garden Ponds and the Molecule of Life18/05/2015

I hope some of you had the chance to visit the Wivenhoe Wildlife garden over the weekend.  The garden looks its absolute best this time of year.  I wonder how many of you have your own ponds, or whether ponds …