High Spring to High Summer

We begin in Spring and end in Summer. I last managed to blog in early May, and here we are, tipping into late June.  It’s actually been lovely to look back at photographs of the last 10 weeks and see how much changes. Time feels like it flies, for all of us, perhaps, but then you remember quite how much has happened along the way. I like a bit of a rear view mirror in life. There’s nothing nicer on a Sunday evening as we just pass the longest day of the year than to look backwards, as well as think about the rest of the year to come. The May garden was that moment of extraordinary intense green; always,...

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Green time…

It’s a blog of parts again!  Looking back at these photos I realise I’ve been around a bit.  Time to stay still in the same place sometime soon, I think.  But it’s that magical moment when spring turns from empty trees to full leaf. Doesn’t it always take your breath away? S C O T L A N D We started three weeks ago in Scotland, for Easter.  The rest of the country was bathed in sunshine but the west coast of Scotland had a lingering bank of cloud and rain sweeping over.  It didn’t matter – we were all just so happy to be home.  Bright and blustering for a minute the next day… Daffodils (not planted by us...

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Catching up

There’s only one way to stay on top of things, I suppose… which is, try to stay on top of things. So although the blog is a little overdue, I’ve just had a nice evening looking at photographs from the last two weeks. No wonder, in a sense, that I might be feeling a bit tired from time to time. S C O T L A N D We start 2 weeks ago in Scotland.  I was north for the Johnston’s of Elgin project I’m working on – which launches this Autumn… and will, when it arrives, be very exciting.  But first, a turn around my favourite, perhaps, of all our projects – the Tornagrain new town, which we are...

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Extraordinary spring

We had been planning a trip north. But on Friday morning, early, when Charlie should have been hitting the motorway early (I was going to meet him later in Glasgow, coming up by train) he suddenly realised, like an epiphany, that he just needed to be in Dorset, looking after his amazing greenhouse, filled with seedlings and cuttings, which couldn’t quite cope with a heatwave on their own. The weather forecast in Dorset was extraordinary. You cannot be in two places at once – a lesson that’s quite useful to remind ourselves of, from time to time, as we hurtle around trying to pack more than is humanly possible into our days. And so, instead of myself heading up to...

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The Broadwey & Upwey Spring Show

It was the weekend of the Broadwey & Upwey Spring show… the first spring show that Charlie has ever entered. I think he was up and about at 4 or 5ish on Saturday morning, getting ready such treats as this…. Or this beautiful Amaryllis, which was meant to be out in time for Christmas but did a late showing – just in time for the Broadwey Spring show.  I had a quick whizz around the garden that morning before we set off to set up Charlie’s entries.  It was a beautiful morning, so reminiscent of those incredible spring days in the fearful, fretful, frantic early weeks of Lockdown, two years ago to the week. 

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