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Showing posts from August, 2012

A little garden I designed back in 2006 for the Chelsea Flower Show is in the Gardeners World Book - 101 Ideas For Small Gardens

GREEN WALLS This was before the popularity swept across the Uk and Europe led by Patrick Blanc and his vertical planting and now of course there are so many companies providing vertical wall installations. But back in 2006 they were not on the market and so  I had the vertical steel trays made by a local forge to my specification, I filled them with compost mixed with vermiculite and I planted the succulents 8 weeks before the Chelsea Flower Show. They rooted in and were able to be installed into our gold medal winning garden.  They were my ' living art panels' made up with a mixture of Sempervivums of different varieties supplied by Kernock Plants, it took me 3 days to plant up and were laid horizontally for 7 weeks until I was happy they had rooted in.  They required very little watering as sempervivums can live on a teaspoon of water. Its great to see the image and comment in the book. Here's a few photos of the living art panels

A Busy August, is it time to take a rain check?

Greencube's workload: Normally August is quiet and the pace of new enquiries slow down and its a great time to catch up and get on top of things. But we are still receiving new garden design enquiries and being inundated with new work. I'm definitely not grumbling but enjoying the pace and its great having Harriet on board to help out which has improved turnaround times for our clients. We are working on some very interesting projects currently in Essex and Kent, including a garden with a 10 metre climb from front to back and a lovely contemporary garden in Chelsfield. What's looking good in greencube's garden? Well a riot of Crocosmia and Echinacea, now my husband would say that the composition doesn't work in this photograph but I love it. It reminds me of a dress in my wardrobe that I'm not brave enough to wear. A riot of colour!!! Cynara looks great a huge flower has appeared and more on the way, this is a big plant and requires a big space.