Thursday, September 30, 2004

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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

OCTOBER GARDEN DIARY.1st-9th--Hues of Nature

This month we will see the hues of nature at their best; they are here for a very short time and a sort of obituary to the garden as it takes its downward spiral into winter. This gothic time gives us new feelings smells thoughts and ideas. And flashbacks of the past a very vivid seasonal time, For me it is the smell of apples and bonfires and my grandmothers jam making also a daily check of my pumpkins to see if it had got to the giant size as illustrated on the seed packet so I could show off at the school harvest festival.

As the days shorten it gives less time for all the months work and there is a lot! Also the richness of colour at this time makes us just want to sit down and look, as a full time gardener this luxury is limited to weekends (unless the clients go out), So week ends are wood and arboretum visiting times.

I am struck this year by the amount of fruits and berries in folk law this means a very cold winter so we shall see, The robin is more visible now perched under my feet as I give the boarders a leaf mould treat, I give the compost a mix up and ‘turn over’ now ready to cover it for the winter the heat inside this rotting stack is visible and steams away like a kettle. A great time to plant trees and shrubs the soil is warm and the roots take hold for the winter, also bulb planting time, I always plant bulbs in clumps of five or more one’s to plant now are Early summer bulbs such as Gladiolus (gladioli) I have always though of these being hideous but now have grown to love the plan colour types a grand one to try is Arabian Night.

Also a must to plant are the Alliums The allium gigantum has a massive head about six inches in diameter these look like a giant lollypop when they flower in June and July. Another elegant bulb to try is Fritillaria meleagris or snakes skin fritillary these work best naturalised in long grass and their chequered flower require a good close look. A narcissus I have tried to grow is ‘Poeticus’ or pheasants eye I remember the smell from my childhood as we had loads on the farm but so far have failed to recreate this so I will try again this year. There are to many tulips to many other fantastic bulbs to mention now so through out Octobers diary I will give a bulb of the week,

Monday, September 27, 2004

LONG RANGE WEATHER FOReCAST

Gardening with the Moon

Lunatic

The moon always holds a certain mystique. And is a great influence to us and everything around us, Isaac Newton and the laws of gravity proves that the moons pull is great, as it is the closest planet to earth, These forces affect the water content of the soil, At the time of a new and full moon this increased moisture helps seeds to grow. Planting by the phases of the moon make it possible for seeds to germinate faster and make plants hardier. The perfect time too sow seed is during the period of the waxing moon, According to Yale University when the gravitational pull of the moon increases, so does the electrical charges in every living thing. Thus promoting seeds to sprout and roots to grow deeper and stronger. The full moon for September is called the harvest moon it lies low in the sky like a picture book example of Halloween, a fantastic sight when it gives us the illusion of being bigger. The harvest moon marks the end of the growing season as we go into Octobers blood moon, and in the northern hemisphere this moon rises as the sun sets. What seems like ancient superstition is in fact very good practice. Obviously this is not the complete answer to success you still have to feed water and weed your garden but I have try’d this method and it works for me.

GARDENING WITH THE MOON.

LONG RANGE WEATHER FORECAST

December very cold this year and a good year to put some money on a white christmas. September October warmer and dry but cloudy. Just look at all the berries this year. This basic forcast is collated using records of weather satistics going back to the 18 hundreds, [so far correct]. any other weather predictions welcome and this forcast is for UK weather only .So look out.

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did you know that one hurricane can produce more rain than London gets in one year.

Wednesday, September 15, 2004

New Garden to be created for Summer, 2005

BLACK BOX
brief--
Creating a harmonious naturalistic environment with a strong contemporary structure. Including a rubber cube to give the space conflict

Design idea and theory
The garden is formed of two elements, a natural space with plants and organic shapes that is warming and familiar and a cube made of rubber set in the natural idyll.

The cube is completely black and glows inside with a shocking pink neon light. These two elements will contrast and the box will look sinister and slightly spooky, The idea of the garden is to explore the themes of conflict, in our minds on a phychological level and in the broad sense.The pink neon inside is of unexpected beauty and using an effect with mirrors gives the effect of infinity, This subversion raises the thought of our future and its uncertainty contrasting greatly with the solid synthetic covering.The rubber cube has the appearence of a prison cell and the beauty within is trapped in this post apocalyptic silhouette.

PLANTS
Solrirolia soleirolii
Ferns
Pineapple lily
Aeonium arboreum 'zwartkop'and grass.


final layout design drawings of the black box garden will be published here in november.

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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

About Me and this Site

A bit about me
From an early age I have been involved in the practice of gardening and creation. My first gardens as a child were exciting places made up of miniature mud houses and tracks for any passing wildlife to move into. I used to grow all the infant things i.e. Brightly coloured plants, pumpkins, egg plants, sunflowers and cress. My grandfather was a very good and dedicated gardener I remember the amazing variety of things he used to grow on the farm, my life now is just an extension of those childhood days.

After successfully completing my A levels I embarked on a degree in fine art and gained an interest in printing and photography my degree was funded by weekend gardening work and I started to get very interested in artists who used landscape as an inspiration for their work i.e. Andy Goldsworthy, Ian Hamalton Finley and many others. I look back at this time as a real learning curve in my ideals and thoughts. I was very fortunate to meet many fine artists at this time who shared my enthusiasm with the outdoor life, and this drove me to want to show people the simple beauty of nature that many now take for granted.

Nature is the great leveller the possession we are all entitled to and this needs to be understood, cherished and protected. I have worked for very rich and famous people and do not want their add on's and would never aspire to a some of their lifestyles if it detracted me from the ground under my boots. As the word moves faster into the 21st century and we sometimes detach ourselves from the important things in life, Nature knows more than we could learn in a thousand lifetimes and I go to work each day with a great feeling of privilege and excitement.

My designs are NOT aesthetically pleasing ‘sometimes’ but reflect my philosophy, my photos are beautiful not through personal skill in any way, they are just documents of what is around us all. And my writing deals with my enthusiasm and commitment to my very fortunate working life.

I have exhibited throughout the United Kingdom and designed gardens from a diverse range of styles but my interest is mainly concentrated on creating environments that develop over time, this needs hard work understanding and a lot of waiting. The practice of actual gardening and working in gardens appears at the top of my list .I like to see ‘real’ landscape and like ‘real’ people both of which I meet most of the time.