Monthly Archives: February 2013

Jobs in the garden

It’s a quiet time in the garden right now so make the most of it. Pour a cup of tea and settle down with a biscuit (or a plate of them!) and some seed catalogues.

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If you had gaps in the garden last year you could think about filling these with some annuals or Summer flowering bulbs so get choosing.

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Jobs you can carry out in the garden right now include:

If you are lacking scent in the garden plant a flowering shrub  – try Lonicera x purpusii or Chimonanthus praecox ‘Luteus’. I love the scent of sarcococca planted by a front door. It can be quite heady but at this time of year you just get a passing whiff!

Cut back summer flowering clematis to about 18 inches off  the ground.

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Plant garlic, shallots and onions. They need a cold spell to get them moving so if the soil is unfrozen now is a good time to plant.

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Tidy up any fruit cages now and make sure the nets are tight and hole free. If you don’t net wall trained cherries or raspberries you’ll find the blackbirds eat more than you do! They seem to have a sixth sense for when they are just ripe and will strip a whole tree in a morning.

Remember keep tidy – rake and clear leaves to keep pests down, especially slugs.

If you have a garden project in mind and need some garden design advice or help with planting then please get in touch. I work on garden design projects across Lincolnshire, Rutland, Leicestershire, Nottingham and Northampton. Tel: 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

 

Inspiration for the coming Spring

 

Sometimes we all need some inspiration to make us feel differently about our own homes. I have been searching for some inspiration at home as well as for clients. Here’s a selection of some of the things that have taken my fancy!

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New colours from Little Greene – my favourite paint people

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A new wallpaper collection from Scion, makes me want to be beside the sea

 

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Striking wallpaper but am I brave enough

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Who could resist these wallpapers, I want to cover files with them not just walls

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A luscious velvet, reminds me of … what does it remind me of?

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Just love the shape of these stools from Whitehead

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Inspired by nature

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 Walls and wellies to match

If you have an interior or garden and landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for, then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973 843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

 

 

The art of using wallpaper

If you really want to make a statement in a room you can do worse than letting the walls do all the work. Hanging wallpaper on your walls adds instant personal style. From the most over the top design to the subtlest texture, wallpapers make a design statement.

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Wallpapering one wall, chimney breast or alcove provides an opportunity to indulge in a lavish design that you wouldn’t want covering an entire room. While wallpapering a whole room can transform it into a special place. Many companies are now producing smaller scale prints which won’t look out of place covering all walls even within a small room.

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What do I need to think of:

The only thing you need to be aware of is the scale of the pattern compared to the room. With a large scale pattern, which has a large repeat, you will need a high ceiling or a staircase, where you have a significant drop, to really get the impression of the scale of the pattern.

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Before you start, clean walls and fill any holes or cracks. For just one feature wall, especially on a chimney breast, place the first piece of wallpaper in the centre. Use a plumb line or spirit level to draw a line where the edge of the first piece of paper will be hung.

Work out the wallpaper drop (the length from ceiling to skirting board) and add 10cm to both the top and the bottom for trimming. Cut the first piece.

In order to match the pattern, place this first piece alongside the next length of wallpaper, line up the pattern, add trimming allowances to the top and bottom, and cut the next piece. With large patterns there can be quite a lot of waste so ensure you have worked this out before ordering.

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If you have an interior or garden and landscaping project which you need help with or ideas for, then please give me a ring: Alison 01572 747318 or 07973 843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland as well as further afield. I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.

 

 

Garden jobs to do this month

It’s still a little cold but on a bright sunny day like yesterday it’s lovely to get out in the garden for an hour or so. At this time of year you want to have a number of small jobs which you can tackle on their own and then go back indoors for a cup of tea. My first task is to tackle the herb garden.

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  Take advantage of the fact that your       herb plants aren’t sprawling all over the place right now take notice of where you have bare patches that you can fill with new herbs. Now’s your chance to work out where new plants could fit into your herb bed.

 

If you have some gaps to fill think carefully about what to fill them with. When deciding try to choose species to encourage beneficial insects, such as hoverflies, lacewings and bees, into your garden. Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis), sage (Salvia officinalis) and thymes (Thymus species) are all popular with these useful creatures. Rosemary (rosmarinus) is a stunning plant in its own right. It can be used as a pot plant, hedge or shrub in a border. And bees flock to its pretty blue flowers for weeks on end.  


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Consider adding features to an existing herb garden. February is a good month to dig a pond, add a bird bath or sun dial or create new paths. Avoid treading on wet soil as this compacts it and damages the structure. If you have to work on open soil, lay down planks to spread your weight – old scaffold boards work well for this.

 

If you’ve recently taken on a garden, and the soil is heavy clay, dig in plenty of grit now. Most herbs prefer well-drained soil, and many will be short-lived in water-logged growing conditions. And don’t forget to regularly add grit to give plants the drainage they need.

 

If you’re growing Herbs in containers they will need top-dressing as conditions warm up. This simply means removing the top 5-10cm (2-4in) of compost and topping up with a 50/50 mixture of well-rotted garden compost/worm compost and leaf mould or green waste compost. Finish off with a layer of horticultural grit, to improve appearance and retain moisture in dry spells. If you have none of the above material, then use a commercial soil-conditioner mixed 50/50 with fresh organic potting compost.

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If the weather is mild, shoots of herbaceous herbs (those that die back over winter) may start emerging by the end of February. Improve the fertility by mulching with a layer of garden compost 2-5cm (1–2in) thick.

If you have a garden project in mind and need some garden design advice or help with planting then please get in touch. I work on garden and interior design projects across Lincolnshire, Rutland and Northampton. Tel: 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I will design a garden to complement the architecture of your home and choose the right landscaping materials to complement it. If you are frustrated with endless searching for the right fabric or wallpaper and paint colours and overwhelmed with the enormous choice, then allow me to make a handpicked selection for you. I will complement the style of your existing rooms and provide a few choice pieces which will bring the whole look together.