Merry Christmas and a Happy New Gardening Year!

2018 – a year of late snow followed by remarkably hot, dry summer, both of which have proved challenging for gardeners, landscapers and designers.

Despite the weather we managed to build 5 new gardens, plant 6 other gardens, and make progress with 13 ongoing design projects. In addition, I helped 17 other clients on a short-term consultancy basis.  Hats off to the landscaping teams at Creating Eden and Kare Gardens for making it through both the cold and heat this year and  living to tell the tale!

It has also been another busy year for The Uphill Trust, with a 2 week trustee visit to Uganda at Easter. The baboon below was relaxing at the side of the road as we passed by on one of our regular journeys to the wee primary school our charity supports.

 Juggling garden design and charity administration can be a challenge at times, but everything eventually gets done, often to my surprise!

I have also had a busy motorcycling year, with trips to the outer Hebrides, various destinations across Scotland, Wales and England plus two weeks riding pillion in Turkey in September. The work-life balance trick has become important now that my husband has retired and is in Scotland full time.

I wonder what 2019 will bring? In the meantime…

Shades of Green Garden Design will be closed for the holidays from Friday 22 December 2018 to Thursday 3 January 2019

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