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Planning a garden for 2019?

Sunday, January 6th, 2019

Looking back at 2018 I’m reminded by the way new technology and social media is impacting our lives.

Even in the garden we see picture taking transformed to the new “square” format of Instagram, and ariel photography (thanks to drones) depicting gardens in ways we’ve never seen before. Elsewhere “You Tube” provides “how to do it” videos that give budding gardeners extra confidence to learn new tricks.

At Gardenproud we’ve been talking about investing in a drone for a couple of years. Maybe 2019 will see us take the leap!

In the meantime our 2019 brochure features some rather square shots of our recent work and inspiring images from the last 12 months……..

The magnificient tree ferns we saw at the Eden Project in Cornwall inspired some of the thinking for our new contemporary garden in Tunbridge Wells.

The double-fronted facade of this old parsonage has been greatly enhanced by our victorian design footpath and steps.

Our designers and landscapers never seem to stop. On a 2018 holiday they took to designing and building a new ice bar garden. Suffice to say a few vodka shots were  enjoyed by all!

The Chelsea Flower Show proved to be a real stunner in 2018 and this show winner inspired our thinking.

During the year we won a pitch to create a new sensory garden at the Eden Centre in Edenbridge and here you can see it in its construction.

Our craftmanship, particularly with hardwoods was put to the test in a recent reburbish of a greenhouse, with some beautiful new staging created in cedar wood.

Talking of which our Show Garden at Corker in Paddock Wood made it into the press and brought us plenty of new prospects.

Elsewhere our planting gurus helped transform previously created hard landscaping projects with beautiful soft landscaping schemes.

Freshly planted beds in Tunbridge Wells.

Tulips in the knot garden.

Our Aquatic planting in Sevenoaks.

Our carpentry skills ( and lifting) were put to good test in creating a huge oak pergola as part of a complete garden transformation in Four Elms.

The detailing that goes into our gardens was well demonstraed by the oak gravel boards that formed a key part of a medieval garden design in Tonbridge.

Elsewhere our work with stone, saw us create sandstone walling in Tunbridge Wells park; a bespoke wooden trellis scheme; and a front garden feature with sandstone setts and a cretan urn.

The final view is a stunning shot from the Kitchen Garden, created by us which came into it’s own during 2018 with an amazing first year’s harvest.

We’ll be planning the second years crop very soon.

For further information about garden design, planting and construction call Tim Sykes on 07725 173820, or George Sykes on 07872 671008, or contact us via email at reallygardenproud@btinternet.com.

Frosty ferns

Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

That’s one thing you don’t want. Those gorgeous tree ferns that cost a fortune getting attacked by the first frost!

You need to start thinking about how you are going to protect your vulnerable plants from the onset of winter. What a depressing thought!

I’ve just today visited one garden where we have prepared the tree ferns and other plants including cordylines for a cold spell.

We’ve found that phormiums are pretty hardy, but cordylines and yuccas can circum to very cold weather, so we always wrap these in a fleece. You can buy these inexpensively from your local garden centre. Botanico make an excellent range of fleece jackets in various sizes. A typical price for a 3 pack of 1m jackets is ¬£6-7.

If the plant is in a pot, wrap the fleece jacket around the plant and draw the cord so that it fits around the pot below.

To look after the tree ferns you need some 1. Straw, 2. Garden twine, 3. Fleece on a roll.

First we hold the leaves (fronds) apart and take a good handful of straw and place this in the crown of the tree fern. Don’t push the straw down to too hard as this may damage or inhibit grown of the new fronds in the Spring.

Hold the fronds together and tie them together. This gives added protection to the crown. The old fronds will eventually die back, but don’t worry about this, this is to make way for the new ones.

We then wrap the upper part of the stem and around the crown in fleece material. Some gardeners advocate wrapping the whole of the stem. Then using the twine affix this to the plant firmly.

For further information about Frost Protection you can contact Tim Sykes at Gardenproud on 07725 173820.

A Japanese Oasis in Tunbridge Wells

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012

About a year ago we were invited by a Tunbridge Wells resident to take a look at their garden. It had seen better times and the land was heavily terraced with a considerable rise in levels.

But it had real potential and at one time some thought had been given to the design and the terracing of the garden, albeit things were held together with loose rocks and old pathways and steps were crumbling.

There were a number of rather nice tree specimens including a couple of Acers and interesting Conifers. Elsewhere there were some overgrown Rhododendrons and a Camelia. An old bench sat on a grassy embankment at the top of the garden, commanding superb views of Tunbridge Wells.

The client filled us in on their brief for the garden which included a proper base for the seat at the top of the garden, revisiting the combination of steps, terraces and planting areas, a larger rear terrace outside the dining room, and another entertainment area mid garden. It would also be necessary to build in a watering system, and choose planting that was relatively low maintenance.

Armed with the brief earlier this year we set to designing and renovating the garden, from it’s old tired state to a vibrant new oasis.

Tim Sykes commented, “the combination of the terracing, rocks and the plants set the old creative juices flowing and inspired us to think of an oriental theme for the garden!”

Our vision for the garden was inspired by the Japanese, such as those at Chinzan-so, in Tokyo, and the Japanese Gardens in Portland, Oregon.

“I adore the combination of colours and contrasting themes you find in Japanese gardens in particular the use of red (my favourite colour) to paint bridges and benches”, comments Sykes.

“To draw the eye and as a real feature we designed the new garden to incorporate a gloss red Lutyens bench set against a backdrop of a similarly crafted dense green hedge.”

The client loved our ideas and this summer commissioned Gardenproud to redesign and landscape the whole of the rear garden.

The design incorporated an upper sitting area and rockery, a series of lower pathways, steps and terraces, a large circular mid terrace, then further steps leading down to a lower patio area and the house. It included some perimeter lighting and a water irrigation system. Trellising helped to camouflage an otherwise unattractive shed and unify the design of the lower patio.

Many tons of new Sandstone Rocks have been brought in to create new rockery walls and new flights of steps. The use of Indian Sandstone pavers has been augmented with interesting stone patterns to create new features.

The use of rustic posts and handrails at key points in the garden, helps visitors climb the terraces, but just like the planting their juxtaposition deliberately takes the eye on a journey up the garden to that gorgeous red bench!

A planting plan was created that would help emphasise the Japanese theme and included Tree Ferns, Acers of contrasting colours, Camelias, Phormiums, Buxus Balls, Azaleas, Magnolias and Dwarf Conifers.

An ingenious water butt now makes best use of the rain water that runs off the shed roof.

Along the way a lot of other more mundane things had to be addressed! Including an enhanced drainage system, renewing boundary fences, new foundations for steps, a fair amount of earth moving (by hand), a lot of lifting ( so much lifting it’s unreal)! We painted the benches, then repainted the benches ( we can advise you which famous brands not use on outdoor benches)!

But the finished result looks reasonably faithful to the concept, and the client is delighted with his new oriental oasis.

Let’s hope we have a nicer Summer next year and our client and his friends can really enjoy this unique garden.

If you’d like to find out more about this garden or would welcome a fresh new theme for your garden in 2013 contact Tim Sykes at Gardenproud on 07725 173820.