It has been a while since I posted anything on the blog page.  Time it seems waits for no man and trying to fit in commitments to clients, family and scouts all seem to conspire against me.  With February being slightly quieter in the design calendar I thought I would put together how I see the landscape industry changing in the West Midlands.

Recently it has been announced that Wyevale are closing their ‘Cash and Carry’ plant centre called Greenlne based at Earlwood Garden Centre.  This is a great loss as I have found the staff helpful and keen to provide a great service when I have required plants.  Hopefully someone will realise there is a need for a wholesale nursery in the South Birmingham area and takes the business on.

Plant sourcing from good nurseries can and will always be problematic with plant supply not always matching the time scale of a project and requiring a substitution where that is applicable.  Having a nursery man/woman who is equally as passionate about plants helps and enable options to be discussed.  I am amazed at the number of landscapers who have little plant knowledge and focus mainly on the hard landscaping element.

As I am sitting in my office I am looking out at my garden and wishing the arrival of Spring.  I plant on a heavy clay soil which resists any work being undertaken until the middle of March.  However as I sit he I can see a Skimmia and a fine daphne.  The later in flower which lifts my soul and tells me there is not long to go before we see more sunshine and opportunities to enter the garden.  My dog ‘Alfie’ has made his usual winter paths through the lawn tearing the grass sward and leaving dark muddy tracks.  These I know will recover once the grass starts growing later in the season but to my eye are a constant distraction.  It also means every time he enters the house he is banished to the utility room.

Our neighbour has replaced a boundary line with a solid feather edge fence which is a great feature but requires me to remove the mixed hedge in front of it as we will not be able to maintain it at the height of the fence and visually I think it would be odd to see 450 mm (18″) of fencing sitting on top of the hedge.  Facing south it may provide a suitable frame and back drop to an espalier fruit tree and also a wisteria.  I will paint the fence first and as I often recommend to my clients I shall be painting it black as this really provides a great back drop to planting in front and helps the fence disappear as shadow.  Working in the garden has been a positive move.  My wife does not complain about the plant catalogues, plans and general pieces of paper and I have the ability to see out at the garden from my office.  I would stringy recommend this approach to home working as I find I am focused away from the house and feel I escape from the office when with my family in the house.  This topic may be my next blog topic and I will post some ideas I have for the position and style of building.

With that in mind I will get back to drawing up plans for my contractor who will be starting work upon the scheme below shortly.






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