Pink house 2

Brook Green, west London

My favourite blossom is that of the Judas tree (Cercis siliquastrum)*. You don’t see it much in this country, although if you’re lucky enough to be in Paris at this time of year, you’ll see it everywhere. This tree looks so pretty against the pink house – the owner says the blossom doesn’t last for long, but it’s beautiful while it lasts.

I loved the hanging basket in front of the window, dangling from one of the gnarled branches.

Pinkhouse

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Tulips Hamm

Brook Green, west London

Archway

Bath

A nice bit of communal planting at the back of some terraced houses.

Chewton Mendip, Somerset

Chewton Mendip, Somerset

This lovely front garden will be further enhanced when the apple blossom comes out. I love the path that meanders to the front door.

Bath

Bath

I have a large ornamental cherry in my garden that was smothered in blackfly when I moved in last summer – and I mean smothered. It looked very sorry for itself.

The tree is obscuring the area where I want to grow veg, so I pruned it to allow more sun to hit my future veg patch. The branches had tons of flower buds on them, so I brought them indoors and put them in a vase. There are no flowers outside yet, but indoors they’re flowering beautifully.

Colmans

Bath

Hammersmith

Hammersmith

Bath

Bath

I confess I have made very little progress on my garden. All I’ve managed to do is prune the apple tree and grapevine and clear a giant raised bed that I’m temporarily going to grow veg in. I’ve also roped in some help to remove a dead tree, chop back another one, dismantle an old brick barbecue that was smothered in ivy and replace some fence panels that blew down in the wind. My list of regrets is long: I haven’t managed to build any raised beds for veg, I haven’t bought a greenhouse, I haven’t planted any bareroot trees and I haven’t started off any seeds under cover. In my defence I’ve been snowed under with work, the weather has not been too kind and I’ve had to sort out the house. I do now have a design for the garden, though (I’ll share it in another post), and a plan of action of sorts…

In the meantime I’ve been painting fence panels. I’ve gone for a darkish grey, which I’ve always liked as it makes plants stand out. I’ve got to paint a total of 200 ft of fence – the garden equivalent of the Forth Bridge. Each panel takes about half an hour, which is just long enough to listen to a New Yorker fiction podcast. In each one, a famous author reads a short story by another author (often well known, sometimes more obscure) and discusses it with the New Yorker fiction editor. The stories are truly excellent, and really stick in the mind. I now, bizarrely, relate each panel to a different story, and will be exceedingly ‘well read’ by the time the fences are finished. 

Holt, Wiltshire

Holt, Wiltshire

The Glove Factory is a neat idea – flexible work studios for hire, plus a very nice cafe that’s open to the public, giving the place a buzzy feel.

I really liked what they’ve done with the outside space. It’s a good mix of modern (such as the mounded, shaped lawns) and rustic/reclaimed materials (railway sleepers and galvanised tanks).

Much of the garden appears to be edible –there are lots of espalier fruit trees. I’m looking forward to going back in the summer when it’s in full flow.

glovefactory

glovefactory3

Bradford-on-Avon

Bradford-on-Avon

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