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Showing posts from August, 2015

Sculptural Log Store or Bug Hotel ?

I've had another busy week, designing a garden for a family in Tunbridge Wells as well as some interesting visits to new clients and existing clients. I have ordered our first autumn planting palettes for September - 1st  job in Mersham, Ashford the other in Hartfield in the Ashdown Forest  and met a client at a nursery to choose a few key specimen plants for a garden in Sevenoaks, so a busy busy week. greencube's Sculptural Log Store Who would want a a standard log store when they can have one of these? A log store for my wood burner that keeps me warm in winter in my working studio doubles as a sculpture in my meadow garden.  I found an image on pinterest, tweeked it a bit and had it made by a local metal fabricator. Clayton and Neil of Quest Landscapes kindly delivered it to me yesterday and concreted the holding post, here's the finished item, a big thank you to Darrin Williams who made it up with mild steel, its already rusting as hoped after the light ra

Meadows, summer cutting and planting combinations for the hardy gardener

greencubes garden: Our meadow is in its second year and we have enjoyed it tremendously, although it looks a bit ragged currently having had the summer chop by Mike with the petrol hedge trimmer and a tidy up by Gemma. We planted thousands of bulbs in the autumn and reaped the reward with some great additional colour and seasonal interest throughout early spring to mid summer. Here are a few images captured in the last few months: Here the allium mount everest are looking majestic above the froth of the ox-eye daisy. allium seed heads glowing in the evening sun and of course nature doing it's thing, adding self seeded foxgloves in strategic places! and now its had its summer high cut to hopefully secure some additional flowering in late summer and early autumn before I add another thousand bulbs to add even more colour for next year. Meanwhile in my kitchen garden I've been harvesting potatoes, rhubarb, courgettes, radish

summer colour, material inspiration and garden ideas

greencube are always striving for new and interesting planting combinations, differing materials that contrast with the homes that will last and look great years later. I've been out and about taking photos of some of our gardens, majority of which are maintained by gemma, our well equipped and knowledgable greencube gardener. here's a few images that hopefully convey our passion at greencube for each and every garden we work on.... Here in a garden in SE12 London , we have just completed a small courtyard garden which I'm visiting next Monday to photograph but here are a few images of work in progress: Here we have installed sentry box style sheds, making them a prominent part of the garden design painted in muted clay colour to contrast with the western red cedar. We all need storage, these sentry box sheds add a sense of fun and style to the garden as well as a practical use. this garden's fence has been clad in western red cedar slats, rich warm colour