Summer has carried on where spring left off – a constant juggling of projects – and with amazing weather! Wall to wall sunshine is fantastic for those of us used to more changeable weather patterns, but it did add the burden of regular watering into an already busy schedule.
May to July had me running between old and new projects – with planting taking priority. These are just some of the gardens that have kept me busy:
The most urgent project was finishing and planting up a private rear garden in Kinross, before the clients arrived back from their overseas winter home. You can see more photographs of this garden in the Portfolio.
Meanwhile I was also designing a new garden area for an existing client who has moved to a large rural garden. There were three key aspects to the brief: 1) It needed to feel ‘natural’ and to create a garden-within-a-garden, 2) The client had recently visited Japan and wanted to plants in the new garden area to remind her of her trip, 3) It needed to easy to implement as she was going to ask her regular gardener to make the changes for her.
Another existing client contacted me for phase 2 planting recommendations for his large rural garden. Last year I provided him with detailed plans for a new sheltered belt which will eventually filter the wind that currently batters his house and garden. Now he and his wife would like to improve the planting in a boundary bed that they can see from the house.
Planting design is the next step in another ongoing project – a large rural garden in East Fife. The garden was built early this year by Creating Eden Ltd and the client plans to plant in stages, starting in the autumn. These clients have been very involved in the design process as they wanted to garden to be ‘just right’.
It is always very rewarding to go back to visit gardens as they develop, and to see photographs that clients send me. Here are two gardens that are developing nicely and giving the clients great pleasure.
The first is a rural garden with extensive new landscaping and planting around a new extension and garage:
The second in a small rear garden designed and planted for a couple who have a profoundly disabled little boy. You can see more photos of this garden in the Portfolio:
Another garden that is giving great pleasure not only to the clients but also to the visitors to Muckhart Village Open Gardens – (Scotland’s Garden Scheme) is Mount Stewart garden in Glendevon. This garden opened in May 2016 and again in June 2018. The project has been ongoing since 2013, with different areas of the garden being developed over time.