The best thing for me about being a garden designer is not only the drawing side of the job which I thoroughly enjoy (but which can be quite lonely at times), but the 'doing' part of the work.
I have always been a 'hands on' designer. I love to do every aspect of the build from laying paving,driving diggers,building a dry stone wall to catching rabbits the cat has brought into my daughter's bedroom! All of course cannot be done without the expert help of my work colleague Michael who… Continue
Added by claudia de yong on March 31, 2009 at 23:22 —
There was a time, like many others, when I questioned what was going wrong with our youth. It was listening to others berating young people that finally gave me the answer.
The answer, I am more than happy to share, is…
26th July 1832 Thomas Knapton was the last juvenile to be hanged. Prior to this it had been common for children to judged and sentenced the same as adults, including execution. It did not stop children/young people from breaking the… Continue
Added by dgeorgea on March 31, 2009 at 13:47 —
As this is the only place I blog I have decided to go ahead with a series of blogs looking at young people today.
I make no apologies for my liberal views, and welcome comments that disagree with me. I have a simple rule in debating issues, and that is I do just that, discuss/debate issues. If it gets personal or resorts to insults I will simply ignore, but believe there is too much respect for each other on here for that to happen.
I am not arrogant enough to think that I… Continue
Added by dgeorgea on March 31, 2009 at 13:30 —
Despite huge hype internationally and used as a standard introduction into the planting schemes in many countries, mychorrizal fungi's introduction into the UK market place has hardly been a success. Continue
There are many possible reasons, but in fact the introduction of the spores into many products has not even been advertised by the producers, despite the clear benefits of using the supplements in many cases.
It is true that many have been reserved about the widespread use of the fungi…
Added by Sustainable Land Management on March 26, 2009 at 22:30 —
l just view the web site which has be designed for me,looking for any comments other than the pictures as l am trying to sort them out and the contact page and what the best way for me to get the best from the site like getting better listing and so on, thanks. www.acres-landscapes.co.uk
Added by acres on March 25, 2009 at 21:00 —
A RECENT study from the US shows that so-called Baby Boomers, those born between 1946 and 1964, are increasingly using the internet and social networking tools such as blogs, Facebook and video sharing sites.
(who is worth reading if you are interested in all things digital) highlights a study by consultancy firm Accenture that shows more and more older people are using the internet;… Continue
Added by Craig McGinty on March 23, 2009 at 12:10 —
I am so over the moon that finally the grow your own movement has gained such momentum. Having banged on about it for years, without being part of the sandals and lentil brigade( although I love lentils and do wear sandals (nice ones)!), potagers cna be swish, "desing" icons and look very elegant.
I am loving this time explaining to clients the benefits of it all especially all the kids' work we do in the social enterprise programme I have set up. It is so rewarding and I have learnt… Continue
Added by Francoise Murat on March 21, 2009 at 11:00 —
Following the recent forum post and given the increasing demand from both private and commerical clients, (the latter as a result of the UK's ratification of the EC Landscape Convention). It is worth gathering information on the history and proper methodology of building these structures, which is relatively scant to the say the least. Certainly it is evident that both in Devon and Cornwall many of the walls which have been built recently, particularly the large scale, roadside and new… Continue
Added by Sustainable Land Management on March 19, 2009 at 22:30 —
I'm loving seeing the 'Sustainable Group' on LJN, for me it's a huge part of why I so enjoy the work that I do.
For me, dry stone walling and Cornish hedging are fantastic methods of building boundary walls, retaining walls and garden features that look great but also are perfect habitats for all manner of insects, small mammals and beautiful fauna. With the many people joining this group, its great to see that other people are interested in ongoing environmental concerns, taking… Continue
Added by Si Stone Waller on March 16, 2009 at 21:30 —
Have you heard about APL (Association of Professional Landscapers) & Shoot who will be hosting a garden landscaping and design question forum? It's been organised through the HTA and will take place on the Shoot website www.shootgardening.co.uk on Saturday 21st March between 9.30am and 12.30pm.
The panel consists of Jason Lock (CEO of APL), Matt Nichols (Broadview Garden Design Ltd), Andrew Tomes (Bell Gardens) and David Sewell (The… Continue
Added by Charlie Pinder on March 15, 2009 at 20:30 —
There are so many things I want to write about.
But must first say thank you to all of you that supported and keep supporting after really hard time of investing all I had time and money suddenly .Just like a miracle seem coming together.
1. Lots of thanks to George for all the efforts and inspiration seems like the all ages interactive sculptures that I market will find places in few parks- great news .
2. Lots of sales this week of lawn edging the strimmer… Continue
Added by Ofer El-hashahar on March 14, 2009 at 14:24 —
It is a Big title- so why do I think I can tell you about It?
I decided that I will write on this blog every 2-3 weeks and under this title tips that can help you to get a better business.
First I would like to explain why I want to do it?
1. I got lots of help from other people and would like to help too there are lots of ways that I can not because I am more clever just because I tried many ways of marketing a gardening business.
2. I hope it will… Continue
Added by Ofer El-hashahar on March 11, 2009 at 9:35 —
This is a shameless promotion for our bargain primroses and pansies.
The cold weather held things back and now we need space so:
Primroses (10.5cm pot size) 15 plants for £5
Pansies £1 per six pack buy six x six for £5
Primrose hanging baskets £5
Pansy hanging baskets £3
This stock is fresh and full of promise, and the Primrose offer includes Polyanthus, Primula 'Wanda' and some good wild primrose… Continue
Added by Baskets and Blooms on March 11, 2009 at 7:30 —
This year there is set to be yet another plague of slugs and snails. The weather conditions are somewhat to blame for the huge increase in the last two years. But this is only one factor in the reason for the continuing population boom of the gardeners worst enemy.
To further misery to traditional gardeners, slug pellets will inevitably be banned fairly soon. The damage they cause to other fauna is just too great. After the anti EU headlines have abated after the ban, it will be time… Continue
Added by Pip Howard on March 9, 2009 at 12:30 —
Phytoremediation and Bioremediation referred to in an earlier blog are not the best words to start anything you want others to read. But bear with me as the title to the blog is closer to the mark. For many years now the rest of the world has been progressing dramatically in the science of using plants and trees to treat contaminated and polluted sites. I hate to say this but the UK lags behind significantly and whilst the technology is accepted and used in the UK, it is still in it's… Continue
Added by Sustainable Land Management on March 8, 2009 at 18:30 —
There is tangible evidence that confirms the growing advantages of on-line networking over physical meetings.
Only yesterday, Stuart Marler informed us of his biggest contract win to date
and one major factor that contributed to this was Landscape Juice.
There have also been many other successes, some of which I have been asked not to publicise and I have got the message,… Continue
Added by Phil Voice on March 8, 2009 at 11:00 —
This one slipped past me, but you can access the network while out and about thanks to a mobile phone friendly version, it can be found at:
It is designed with Apple's iPhone in mind, but will work with most modern phones that can access the internet, either via WAP or through the inbuilt browser.
You can get an idea of how it looks by clicking on the link above as it… Continue
Added by Craig McGinty on March 7, 2009 at 20:00 —
Fereday has been back up to see the 'girls' today - Jalfrezi, Bhuna, Tikka Masala and Nugget... (see previous blog post)... and returned with six beautiful, huge eggs.... he thinks that probably evens up the scores.... at the very least it means egg mayo sarnies for lunch tomorrow... tho' I think he's probably going to find it hard to eat them in front of the girls!
Added by Cat Fereday on March 5, 2009 at 22:36 —
Monday morning forgot that i was to meet sales rep from Rigby Taylor to pick up tape and adhesive to complete astroturf job we were working on, after re arranging for that evening, drove to meeting point and picked up materials in a real heavy downpore! soaked i got in pick-up and headed home, strange noises started up and was losing power. then a shunting this went on till i was couple of miles home then it packed in. phoned one of my staff to come tow me, as i was waiting i suspected it was… Continue
Added by niall gibb on March 5, 2009 at 22:00 —
One issue cropping up regularly now is the new move for large scale sustainability. There are now significant areas of post farmland, which has been bought by non farmers, (including a plethora of GP's for some reason). And as Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall and others preach the benefits of a sustainable life, (and rightly so), many dream to achieve the same, without realising just how difficult it is, (an hours tv programme a week is not enough of a qualification)
All of us in land… Continue
Added by Sustainable Land Management on March 5, 2009 at 14:00 —