‘Tis great to be a garden designer, so it is!

On a beautiful sunny winter’s day in Wicklow, it is hard not to be appreciative of the fact that I am a garden designer.  And, it is the variety in my job that I find most fulfilling.  Today, I zipped over to get some paving samples from Ken (from whom I also bought a bag of coal for home), then headed up the road to show these to my client, whose garden we shall be constructing in January.

reuse plants from your existing garden in your new garden design

Plants to be salvaged growing along fence line!

Part of this visit to their garden was also to lift some perennial plants that are to be transplanted to fresh positions after the new design has been implemented.  We wanted to make sure that we had them potted up before the foliage had fully died back so that we didn’t lose track of where the plants were once construction had started and the digger is in full-flow!  The plan is to bring in a whole new suite of plants but we salvaged some nice and useful plants from the existing garden, such as Lady’s Mantle (Alchemilla mollis), a Harebell (Campanula), Feather grass (Stipa), New Zealand iris (Libertia ioxioides), as well as some Montbretia (Crocosmia), False Forget-Me-Not  or Siberian Bugloss Brunnera macrophylla and Calla Lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica).  Why not save these plants, re-use them in the new design and save a few shekels in to the bargain?

These clients have a super small garden right next to the river and we have designed a viewing platform for them.  Along with a new patio and gravel area for seating there will be a traditional brick path leading to the vegetable garden.  The idea with this garden is to accept the fact that there are great elements there already and not to change too much, just make the space more useable.

small garden design project in Wicklow near a river

Concept design view for small back garden

And so now I am back at my desk for the afternoon, reflecting on the visit (I do need to find a different colour of paving!), and happy in the fact that I will spend the afternoon at my desk, with my sketching pencils and perhaps clattering away at the computer keyboard too.  Of course, it’s not all romantic and rosy all the time – it’s tough being self-employed sometimes too(!) – but when you love that mix between the indoors and the out, the interaction and then the solitude, the practical and the artistic, whose complaining?

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