Outdoor pizza oven

Following on from the previous post, here is the gorgeous pizza oven that Cathy Miller designed with her builder. Old stock bricks combined with the fossil stone create such a charming addition to the garden. The integrated bar with stools and the stainless steel barbecue tuck in perfectly to this underused part of the garden. …

Surrey Garden Design Group

Last week I joined this group, which is open to anyone interested in garden design and professional garden designers alike. It was such a friendly group and everyone that I talked to made me feel very welcome. I really enjoyed their first talk, about Arts and Crafts gardens, and I am looking forward to the …

Chelsea – WOW!

I really enjoyed watching the Chelsea flower Show on tv this year. This is the ‘Help for Heroes’ garden designed by Matt Keightley, which won a Silver Gilt and the ‘Peoples’Choice’ award. Gorgeous planting of white agapanthus, Stipa, foxgloves, bronze fennel, with evergreen Buxus, Euphorbia mellifera and Pittosprum ‘Nana’ for structure. The backdrop of a …

Garden in progress

I visited a garden today that I designed last autumn. The landscaping is in progress, and I was really pleased to see how well it is coming on. The pointing of the paving will be done next, then the 2 circular lawns will be laid. At the bottom of the garden will be a Victorian …

Monty Don’s Jewel Garden

I am reading quite a bit of Monty Don’s books recently. He is a very good writer, in fact when he was younger his passion was writing above all else. He is very honest, and it makes for compelling reading. So far in ‘The Jewel Garden’, his diary of the creation of his current private …

Room with a view

What heavenly weather we are having right now. I happened to be passing a garden yesterday that we designed a while ago, and the owners kindly let me take this photo, with the bi- fold doors fully wide open.  Many new-build houses now have these very wide doors, and if the garden is not very …

Snowing again!

It’s snowing lightly here again, and the forecast is remaining very cold for the coming week. Luckily, I have got plenty to keep me busy indoors – 3 large planting plans and a layout plan for a garden in Esher. We are fortunate in the south of England not to have the heavy snow and …