Monthly Archives: February 2016

Snail Shell Cane Toppers

Snail shell cane toppers are very quick, simple to make and look more natural than the plastic ones available.

Step by step of making snail shell cane toppers - The finished cane toppers used decoratively with Cercis canadensis 'Forest Pansy' and ornamental grass

Step by step of making snail shell cane toppers – The finished cane toppers used decoratively with Cercis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy’ and ornamental grass

Sharp ends of bamboo canes can be dangerous to your eyes and face when bending over to work in the garden and some vegetables need protecting by using bamboo canes, cane toppers and netting. They can also be useful to mark where you have planted things in the garden or just used simply as decorative focal points.

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West Green House

Prunus and Magnolia in flower next to formal pathway - West Green House, Hampshire - © Abigail Rex/GAP Photos

Prunus and Magnolia in flower next to formal pathway – West Green House, Hampshire – © Abigail Rex/GAP Photos

The current owner took on the 99 year lease from the National Trust in 1993, and it has been run as a private garden since.

Clipped hedging, topiary and decorative obelisks in The Alice Garden in spring - West Green House, Hampshire - © Abigail Rex/GAP Photos

Clipped hedging, topiary and decorative obelisks in The Alice Garden in spring – West Green House, Hampshire – © Abigail Rex/GAP Photos

Marylyn Abbott’s style claims to be lavishness, with the aim of delighting the many visitors each year. She revels in excitement, innovation and comedy to promote the unique atmosphere of West Green. The various areas include The Dragon Garden, The Alice Garden, The Walled Garden, the Lake Field and The Paradise Garden. In spring there are splashes of colour from Tulipa, Narcissus, Fritillary, Magnolia and blossom. There are also dramatic evergreen topiary structures and intriguing details around every corner.

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A Young Garden


This lovely private garden belongs to a couple, both of whom are landscape designers.

Situated on the top of a hill with the Alps in the background, it is in an open position next to wildflower meadows with a wide view to the landscape and surrounding villages. There vegetable beds are a combination of traditional and contemporary design, made with corten steel. Dry stone walls form the terracing for different levels of the vegetable garden with seating areas to the south and an ornamental garden on the north side of the house.

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