The weather is slowly improving, albeit with cold snaps every now again – we had sleet two days ago – so I am now able to get out into my garden in Berkshire a lot more.
My first place of call at this time of year is usually my lovely Gabriel Ash greenhouse that I had built three years ago. I went for the biggest one I could fit in the space and I still wish I had managed to squeeze a larger one in. Soon it will be full of seedlings and plants being potted on for clients and my own garden.
A number of the gardens I have designed across Berkshire and Hampshire use rose arches and pergolas either for decoration, to create seating areas or to create features of interest. The most unusual garden structure I have incorporated recently is probably the very large bespoke galleon that was built in the new Children’s Garden at Naomi House (www.naomihouse.org.uk), the children’s respite centre and hospice in Hampshire, that I designed last year. This garden also includes bridges, water walls, sand pits and a shaded arbour to ensure the children have plenty of things to engage and interact with.
This year I have also been looking at garden sheds and summerhouses for clients. There is a huge variety available on the market with a wide range of prices and quality. I have been really pleased with those that I have seen from Crane Garden Buildings (www.cranegardenbuildings.co.uk). They have a great range of sheds, studios, garden rooms and summerhouses which are all great quality and allow for a lot of tailoring to your own garden space.