Preparation is possibly the most important aspect of the design process. The levels in the garden need to be established in order to establish the proposed levels of the ultimate design. If there is to be hard landscaping such as a patio, having a survey helps establish the quantity of hardcore etc required for the build. This means having a survey assists in quoting accurately.... Then the fun part begins!! That is when the ideas and conversations between me and the client begin to flow before the ultimate, beautiful design is finally created!
...." Planting design offers aesthetic delights as complex and intense as those found in galleries or exhibitions. Its aesthetic impact can be thought-provoking, soothing, exciting and so on - according to the intentions of the designer and the state of his or her soul.
In the realm of the senses, the sights, scents and sensations of plants, even the sound made by the wind and rain in leaves and branches - all these add to the quality of daily life.
Such aesthetic quality is often hard to quantify, but its effect on well-being can be profound."
The Planting Design Handbook by Nick Robinson
I have to share a moment which as well as being magical in itself marks the threshold we are on as we finally step out of winter into early spring. I stepped out of the house to my office last night ( a converted outhouse in the garden) just as a skein of geese flew overhead. They came in waves all heading North West to the islands. The sky was so black that I could see the white Vs clearly against it and the stars beyond. Great moment to stand and watch and listen and marvel.