This has been a favourite garden of mine for many years now and all the early planning and re-designing has proved a great success. Within the two acres of garden the woodland area is allowed to look after itself and the violets, snowdrops, wood anemones and bluebells love it!
The lawns provide a lush, green canvas which is the perfect back-drop for the succession of perennials, bulbs and shrubs that offer so much colour and scent throughout the year. The deciduous grasses are still flowering and with a dusting of early morning frost, they’re breath-taking; soon they’ll be cut down and the camassias, tulips and daffodils quick to fill their space but by late spring the fresh, bright green shoots of the grasses will be re-appearing.
The first camellias are out and will be followed by drifts of blue and mauve crocus and dwarf daffodils, emerging from winter hibernation under the lawns. And so the seasons continue, each year bringing with it new challenges and ideas, 2015 is likely to see the addition of some small evergreen shrubs and fresh bulbs amongst the established borders and they’ll be a health check on the mature trees, surrounding the gardens.
“Moving from central London back home to Dorset, we were initially overwhelmed by the sheer amount of work needed in the garden to put right some years of neglect. Our knowledge of gardening is pretty basic: our chosen role is largely limited to the ride-on mower, some bits of pruning here and there and enthusiastic support to Sarah.
We agreed with her a staged programme of overall design, detailed planting and general restoration and everything came together to plan and in budget – all down to Sarah’s enormous expertise and skill, to her sheer hard work, and to her keen awareness of achieving value-for-money.
Recently, Sarah arranged for Adam Carter of Green-Side turfcare to do some renovation work on the lawns. The results were superb. When we look at photographs of the garden we took over, we’re amazed at the improvement. It is a tremendous pleasure to work with Sarah; we strongly recommend her.” Kerry & Lorraine Paddison, West Stafford