Author: judithegardener

Free Autumn Garden Review..

Autumn garden reviews – 30 minutes free to anyone living within 5 miles of Baldock! Format: We walk around your garden and I give you some ideas for development; either with existing or a new planting scheme or a potential redesign that includes hard landscaping and garden features.. Now is a great time to take a good look at your garden and see how it can be improved and loved even more! To find out more please do get in touch! Share...

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Stevenage new build garden, one year on..

This was a challenging project to deliver for several reasons; one being the huge amount of waste that required removal before any installation could take place and the fact that I was also cutting my project management teeth on this garden design installation, which certainly kept me on my toes. My client was a seasoned project management professional (retired) and incredibly generous in offering guidance and support and huge amounts of tolerance throughout the delivery of the project, which on occasion splattered and faltered along. I was responsible for not only the design of the two gardens but also...

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Baldock garden six months after planting

What a difference six months makes in the growing season. My clients’ courtyard garden was planted up in May this year,  and as the gallery photographs show it has absolutely flourished. I designed a simple planting plan for my clients who wanted an easy to maintain garden but elegant and beautiful. The planting plan was lovely to put together and I included scented roses, box cubes and globes and late summer stunners to eek out the charm within the garden. I placed a mirror on the garden wall which has really come into its own now as the Clematis...

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Spring flowering bulb planting

Having spent nearly all of Sunday in the home garden planting spring flowering bulbs I thought I would write about it for my Blog. I love handling the bulbs, they are simply beautiful as they are and what they go on to produce is extraordinary. This time of year I’m thinking about and planning for what happens in the spring. Bulb planting is a great way to create change in a garden by adding colour, height and even perfume. First prepare a planting hole and I like to plant bulbs in between perennials and shrubs so that as they...

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Callicarpa bodinieri var giraldii ‘Profusion (Beauty berry)

Never have I seen a more beautiful berry appear during the autumn months.. it is such a treasure of a plant. With almost insignificant flowers appearing during the summer but waiting to produce their purple metallic magic from September onwards. I have used this plant in ‘Dingly Dell’ planting schemes with a combination of evergreen screening plants to create just the right amount of seclusion with lots of colour and interest across the seasons. This is a ‘must have’ plant for anyone who wants beauty and colour during the autumn months and has a passion for purple! Where to...

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Miscanthus Herman Mussel

Whilst working on compiling a plants list for my clients in Baldock I visited Wimpole Hall Walled Garden for inspiration at the weekend and I wasn’t disappointed. The use of large swathes of ornamental grasses in herbaceous borders was stunning and inspires me to combine tall form planting that will really move about on a windy day. This is exactly the feeling I’m after as I’m also creating a coastal feel garden and I want the plants to dance about. I can almost hear the ring tin tin of the masts on the hauled up sail boats on a...

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Working as a garden designer..

Sometimes clients need a helping hand in un-muddling ideas or a steer towards what’s possible in their garden, from their starting place. I love putting on my creative hat and although often framed in the restraints of reality, it does seem to work out. That point of seeing a garden come to life is a genuine thrill for me but it isn’t magic and its creation doesn’t happen in 3 days. It takes a serious amount of time to evolve and on occasion rethinking a design or a concept completely and starting from scratch. Sometimes clients don’t want to...

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Planting for pollinators and your plate

Gardening on my Baldock allotment this week I have realised how enriching it feels not only to work my plot but to see all the abundant growth that has excelled over the past few weeks. The intense sun and random heavy rains has brought everything on. The runner beans have now grown up past the 8ft of their canes and the sunflowers ‘Evening Sun’ are reaching new heights.   My passion for gardening has been reignited by taking on this half plot. It has become not only my learning place but also another passion and my playground. From early...

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