Irish Inspiration

Last weekend I went with Sara on a long weekend to visit our friend of Gin and Crumpets  fame who is studying at the famous cookery school.

While there we visited the exceptionally lovely school gardens and since we’re in the throes of planning our garden I took some shots as inspiration.

Mrs Scarecrow

Mr Scarecrow

I loved the colour contrasts in this shot, particularly the flowers against the red of the hedge.

Klaus is a big fan of the box hedging so this is always interesting to see.

Subtle planting on steps


And while we were there we also paid a visit to Lismore Castle and walked around the gardens there. At this point I realise it sounds as though we released our inner Little Old Ladies – we did do lots of fun youthful things as well. Promise.

As we’ve mentioned here before we’re going to try to grow some roses in our new garden to go with the one plant valiantly growing there already. So here come some shots of roses.

Rows of sweet peas mixed in with the vegetable garden.

And then wide English Country Cottage style boarders.

All a bit grand for us and on an enormous scale but maybe we can create a bit of this in South East London.

garden design

Our poor front garden is full of bagged up building debris at the moment. Not great for first impressions and we do find quite a few people scavenging out front for treasures we may have mistakenly thrown away. Including some copper pipes Klaus has been hoarding.

Given the level of work we have to do I think it will be some time before we can give this garden much attention as we kind of need the space for all these important blue sacks.

view from sitting room window

The back garden is however tempting us to get started even though we should really be working on the interior. It’s pretty much a blank canvas and because it’s so long needs a bit of thought in terms of design.

the garden plus a glimpse of scaffolding

We’re going to reduce the size of the current patio. You actually can’t see all of it in this photo there’s another table and chairs out of shot, it looks a bit like a cafe right now.

For his birthday I bought Klaus a croquet set and he’s keen to keep a large section of lawn to play on. We’re also keen to leave some room for a garden studio. I had one in our old house and it was really useful.

garden office when new at our old house

Being slightly separated from the main house meant I didn’t get easily distracted and I didn’t have to tidy up at the end of the day. Perfect.

At the end of the garden we want to let things go slightly wild and we’re also planning on planting some fruiting trees and having room for vegetables.

So here’s the working plan.

Imagine lots of box hedging around the boarders. A mini-Versailles if you will. Really mini.


Something new

Klaus is geting worried about packing. We’ve packed up 5 of the 25 boxes the movers brought round and to be honest it doesn’t seem to have had much of an impact. Which is why I was surprised to find that he had been to b&q and bought this garden table set (because it was on offer). So now it’s stacked up in the hall along with all the other boxes.