My week.

This week I have been struggling with making it clear to a client that they cannot take action in diverting water flow in their garden without contacting the town council.

Water flow in areas of flooding CANNOT be seen in isolation.

What you do effects your neighbours and other people as well.

I have been cheered up by the sign of plant growth.

Daffodils, snowdrops and Hamamellis all out.

Next week I hope to go to a super exhibition at the RA about Garden Art.

If the sun stays out this could put a spring in my step.

I still keep looking at the numerous books on gardening waiting to be read.

They may well have to go on my “to do list”.

Whatever the next week has in store I know the RA will cheer me up.



Think before you leep!

Once again this week I have been made aware that often clients do not really know why they have contacted a Garden Designer.

Garden Design is a business.

The format has been developed through experience and and long training.

What is offered all has a purpose.

Each section fits into the whole.

The site survey and evaluation forms the basis of knowledge on which the design is constructed.

Recommendations for soil care must come before planting plans are suggested.

The client brief is a way of suggesting what the client would like to be included.

It is NOT a list that must be kept to at all cost.

A designer is a highly qualified person.

Expert in their field.

When a good rapport is achieved, they will suggest new ideas to the client.

A working knowledge of materials means they know what is best suited to the conditions.

Trust is very important.

If the client feels that can do it all themselves they should follow this path.

Landscapers are available to produce hard landscaping.

Local nurseries will help supply plants.

Therefore do the research.

Make sure that you are aware what thedo.

Find out why they differ from  other  providers in this field.







A continuing story: Water management.

This week I  was reminded of this topic when I was in Nottingham.

Large buildings, such as churches have had to deal with this topic.

Rainwater overflow when there are “flash floods” can be considerable.

Here are some measures that have been used to address this problem. 

Increase  main drainage channels.

Put in smaller areas for drainage.

These will add to the overall drainage capacity.

Provide “soakaways” on perimeters of buildings and landscape.

Create areas of permeability with gravel and pebbles.

Planting areas will also take up rainwater.

It is good to remember that Natural Planting will also help.

It has now become important that major buildings have a “Water management” strategy.

This is the way forward in dealing with this major concern in dealing with water.


A New Year rushes in!

This week I have been here ,there and everywhere.

Why not start the New Year with lots of activity!

The weather has been mild.

Plants,such as leucojum, daffodils and even geraniums are out.

Trees are in blossom.

Such a lot of inspiration can be gained by talking to other  creative people.

I visited two glass factories and marvelled at how glass ornaments are made.

It is a super medium to produce products showing a high standard of colour, shape and form.

I also met a husband and wife team with a landscape business.

A metal worker  gave me some good contacts to follow up.

Lastly , I met a gardener who was pruning an apple tree.

Networking can be fun.

In all these conversations there was a common bond of friendship.

What a super way to start the New Year.

Forget stress.

Turn to gardening to find a purpose for the year ahead.