Monthly Archives: August 2016

Maltese Road, Essex

Winner – Small Residential Garden Award – at the Society of garden designers awards 2012.

Modern lighting and covered seating area surrounded by Dicksonia antarctica and Polystichum setiferum ferns - © John Glover/GAP Photos

Modern lighting and covered seating area surrounded by Dicksonia antarctica and Polystichum setiferum ferns – © John Glover/GAP Photos

Designed by Patricia Fox; this tiny garden has a contemporary feel with the emphasis on entertaining and outdoor living. As well as clever planting this garden features lovely lighting and different seating areas. Privacy and shade are given by the tree ferns, living archways and vertical planting.

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Hildegard and Berthold Rave

Wooden loungers on lawn. Planting includes Rosa and Rhys typhina - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Wooden loungers on lawn. Planting includes Rosa and Rhys typhina – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

A lovely German town garden of 800 sqm, owned by Hildegard and Berthold Rave.

Arbour covered with planting of Rosa 'Hella' and Clematis viticella 'Walenburg' - © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Arbour covered with planting of Rosa ‘Hella’ and Clematis viticella ‘Walenburg’ – © Elke Borkowski/GAP Photos

Wide range of perennials and annuals, curved paths and borders. Big pond with stream, water feature and two bridges in the middle of the garden. Mediterranean seating area with creeping thyme. Shady area underneath tree planted with a beautiful Hosta border. Clever use of groundcover such as ladys mantle, geraniums and sedums. Lovely seats throughout the garden, iron pavilion with yellow climbing rose and yellow-leaved hop. All iron work in this garden such as fences, the pavilion, gates and arches were made by Berthold Rave, he is a blacksmith. Usage of recycled materials such as wood, boards, used doors.

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Lavender sugar

Glass jars containing Lavender Sugar made from Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' flowers - © GAP Photos

Glass jars containing Lavender Sugar made from Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ flowers – © GAP Photos

Lavender sugar is incredibly quick and simple to make, yet it adds a unique quality to shortbread, scones and ice cream.

Woman carrying a trug of freshly cut Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' - © GAP Photos

Woman carrying a trug of freshly cut Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ – © GAP Photos

The characteristic scent and flavour of the essential oils gently infuses into the sugar, adding delicate undertones of this Mediterranean favourite to all manner of recipes. Lavender can be used to ease anxiety, relieve muscle stiffness, and fight infection. From harvesting to completion, this feature beautifully illustrates step-by-step how to complete this great summertime project.

Materials required for making Lavender Sugar are empty glass jars, Lavandula angustifolia 'Hidcote' flowers and sugar - © GAP Photos

Materials required for making Lavender Sugar are empty glass jars, Lavandula angustifolia ‘Hidcote’ flowers and sugar – © GAP Photos

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