Monthly Archives: April 2013

Gardening jobs in May

Oh the joy of Spring. It makes my heart leap when I hear the song thrush singing in our walnut tree and wake up to a bright sunny day. Unfortunately it is still punishingly cold but if it’s bright I can almost live with it.

garden design Oakham

We have been out  in the garden doing a really thorough Spring clean. It’s so important to get on top of things now as it will save lots of work later in the season so here are my thoughts on jobs to complete this month.

 

Borders

  • Do a final tidy through of borders cutting back all the herbaceous plants you left with foliage on last winter. Weed where soil is light and crumbly.
  • Support taller herbaceous plants especially delphiniums and paeonie’s.
  • Prune flowering shrubs which have finished flowering. Walled trained shrubs and climbers like Jasmin, Akebia, Garrya and Lonicera which have got a bit out of hand can also be pruned now.

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Maintenance

  • Mulch, mulch and add more mulch – add well rotted horse manure together with the contents of my compost bin if you have it. Add a sprinkling of bone meal to established hedges – rake up any leaves and sprinkle on the soil at the base.
  • Hedges are hungry feeders so fertilising is really important to keep them healthy.
  • Keep turning the compost heap and adding fresh material. If you have access to manure (chicken or horse) add this in layers and it will help to get the composting process going.

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Lawns

  • Your lawn should have had its first few cuts so you can start to set the blades a little lower – but go easy.
  • Renovate grass as neededDSCN4714 garden design rutland

Ponds

  • Clear ponds and begin to plant marginal pond plants. Leave cleared plants on the waters edge overnight to allow any creatures lurking in them to find their way back to the water.
  • No is a good time to plant up your pond including establishing water hyacinths and Pistia stratoites (water lettuce)

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Think ahead

  • Plant up containers for summer and keep under cover until all frosts have gone
  • Sow annual flower and herb seeds.
  • Plant scented leaf pelargoniums (you will find some of my favourites at The Herb Nursery at Tistleton)
  • Plant out pot grown pumpkins, courgettes and cucumbers once frosts have passed. You can also sow Sun flowers now.

garden design Oakham

Don’t beat yourself up if the garden isn’t perfect – you have time yet.  I believe that every space can be comfortable, relaxed and beautiful without you feeling pressured to be perfect.  I would love to help you achieve your beautiful home and garden. If I can help with a home or garden project please give me a call. Alison: 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham and Rutland, Leicester, Nottingham and Northampton 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.

 

 

Trends in the interior, fashion and garden design world

I just love the way fashion, interiors and gardens are coming together these days. You can see trends emerging in one which then filters through to others. When we were in Norway earlier this year we found an amazing fashion shop in Tromso. They had a big pink tractor in the window which I loved. My camera came out and I was shooting away in the Moods of Norway store gathering inspiration for both my garden design and interior work. Pinks and oranges seemed to be on trend over there.


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Is orange going to be a big trend in interiors over the next year? The design houses believe so but I do wonder. Perhaps for some of us it has too many memories of terracotta interiors of the 1990s!
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That big pink tractor

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The tractor translates to shoes too!

Back in the UK, I see that similar colours have come through into our Spring wardrobes too. I just wonder if these pinks and oranges will translate into the designers’ gardens at The Chelsea Flower Show this May. It’s been a difficult year for plant nurserymen and I know a few designers who are worried about what they’ll have in terms of colour and plants for the show this year but as always. It will come together and we will see a fusion of design ideas to stimulate us in the year ahead.
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I just love this wall

If you need some inspiration for your home or garden this year then please do get in touch. Tel: 01572 747318 or 07973843020

I work on interior design and garden design projects in Stamford, Lincolnshire, Oakham, Uppingham, Rutland, Oundle and Northamptonshire 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.

 

 

Gardening jobs for April

No one can really believe it can they? The weather feels like it has changed for the better, but has it really. I’m ever the optimist so here are a few of the jobs I’ll be tackling in the garden this month.garden design Rutland

Potatoes

  • I should have done this last month but I’m only just getting around to chitting my potatoes! Put them into egg boxes in a cool bright place ready to plant later this month.

Borders

  • I’ll be doing a final tidy through the borders cutting back all the herbaceous plants I left last winter and weeding where soil is light and crumbly.

    The rose border in a garden I designed in Lincolnshire

    The rose border in a garden I designed in Lincolnshire

  • Support taller herbaceous plants especially delphiniums and paeonie’s

Maintenance

  • Mulch, mulch and add more mulch – I’ll be adding well rotted horse manure together with the contents of my compost bin. I’m also just in time to add a sprinkling of bone meal to established hedges – rake up any leaves and sprinkle the bone meal on the soil at the base. Hedges are hungry feeders so fertilising is really important to keep them healthy.
  • Turn the compost heap and begin to add fresh material. If you have access to manure (chicken or horse) add this in layers and it will help to get the composting process going.

Lawns

  • Your lawn should have had its first cut but remember to continue to set the blades quite high as you begin to get back on top of the lawn.
  • Renovate grass as needed – if like my lawn it is filled with moss you can use this to your advantage and rake it up to make decorations for the house. Wire bunches of moss and flowers (blossom, primroses, and newly emerging leaves) around a wire ring or heart. Keep them watered or spray every day and they will last for up to a week.
  • East Ruston Old Vicarage, Norfolk

    Get your lawn ready for its first cut

Ponds

  • Clear ponds and begin to plant marginal pond plants. Leave cleared plants on the waters edge overnight to allow any creatures lurking in them to find their way back to the water.
  • Designing garden ponds can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your garden

    Designing garden ponds can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your garden

Think ahead

  • Plant up containers for summer and keep under cover until all frosts have gone
  • Sow annual flower and herb seeds.

Don’t beat yourself up if the garden isn’t perfect – you have time yet.  I believe that every space can be comfortable, relaxed and beautiful without you feeling pressured to be perfect.  I would love to help you achieve your beautiful home and garden. If I can help with a home or garden project please give me a call. Alison: 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

 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.

 

 

Turning over a Spring leaf

I’m a little late I know but It’s at this time of year that I like to take my curtains down, my rugs up and have a proper Spring clean.  I know it’s a luxury but I also like to change the furnishings in my favorite rooms so they better reflect the way I live in the summer. Gone are the heavy curtains and in their place come out finer, sheer curtains which reflect the light. If you have a neutral scheme you can change a room overnight with a few accessories, cushions and lighting.

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New from Harlequin’s Wabi Sabi collection

Here’s some ideas which might inspire some changes for you and your home.

 

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Lift furniture off the floor to make rooms appear larger

Lift furniture off the floor to make rooms appear larger

I believe that every space can be comfortable, relaxed and beautiful without you feeling pressured to be perfect.  I would love to help you achieve your beautiful home. If I can help with a home or garden project please give me a call. Alison: 01572 747318 or 07973843020.

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.