First and foremost stay safe. With my gardening hat on, as we get used to this new, temporary way of life I think how fortunate we are to be starting Spring. Be thankful for small mercies. Many good things are emerging as we struggle to deal with 'lockdown' and one of those as many of us are discovering, is, ironically, how much more 'social' we've become! Thank goodness for social media... In our street we have a Whatsapp group and many of us who have never met are chit chatting away, offering help to pick up shopping, swapping seeds, advice etc etc. We're all looking out for each other which is lovely.
On a gardening theme someone joked about entering 'Britain in Bloom' which we then decided should become our own 'In Bloom' competition. So we're getting our front gardens ready for judging in a few months' time :). Then I thought ' how about if we were to extend the idea' to front gardens, window boxes, hanging baskets and we all plant sunflower seeds to create 'Streetsofsunflowers'... let's do it. We can nurture the seeds and seedlings, while looking forward to a sunny forest of sunflowers cheering up our streets and doorways! hashtagstreetsofsunflowers!
This is a small front garden in Ayrshire and my client tells me how people stop and admire it as they wander by .. and how she smiles each time she walks through the (superbly executed) new gate..
a combination of hardy seaside plants including Brachyglottis, Armeria, Hebe, Dianthus
the new Sandstone coping is very smart and will be set off well by the new Box hedging
we reused the boulders and added
Granite gravel .. less likelihood of algae growth
The back garden is a rather more riotous affair at this time of year ... well .. look at her chair:). I love the spires of spent Kniphofia flowers
but there’s always room for a quiet corner of dancing Anenome..
Unscrupulous builders abound.. it pays to seek advice and ensure you're appointing a qualified landscaper who can build a garden according to the design specifications..
I have seen a fair few examples of poor workmanship. The above is a relatively new construction which will need to be dismantled. Clients rightly assume the people they are appointing and paying will carry out the work in a professional manner. This is sadly not always the case. It is worth investing in good advice if you're undertaking any landscaping project and ensure you're hiring the best landscapers.