April was such a busy month for us that we didn’t even have time to write up any of our news. So, where to start…
We have taken on some wonderful new projects. We are loving the Edible landscaping brief given to us by a client in Kentish Town. To this end, we are currently inter-planting lots of interesting veg amongst herbaceous perennials, including red chard and rainbow beet amongst the stunning Monarda ‘Duke of Cambridge.’ Set off against an array of the very lovely crimson leaved cow parsley ‘Anthriscus sylvestris ‘Ravenswing’ – the garden is going to be edibly stylish!!
Talking of edibles, we love experimenting… If you love the taste of asparagus but don’t have space for permanent crops in your vegetable bed, asparagus peas are the perfect idea. These small, shrubby plants produce pretty, sweet pea-like maroon flowers which are followed by small seedpods. These pods have the flavour and consistency of asparagus when cooked in butter with a little salt – delicious!
Another project we are really enjoying designing and planting up is the rustic garden for a school in Primrose Hill. We are talking gorgeous retro cottage style planting surrounded by coppiced hazel arbours and trellis. Lot’s of lovely climbers. A real refuge and place of contemplation and fun for the pupils (and friendly local wildlife!)
We are also working on another local authority housing co-op in Brent. The brief is to bring colour and delight to the estate and really engage the residents.
We love our community engagement projects. We planted up our ‘Well beeing garden’ in the Kentish Town Health centre last week…watch out for a host of Summer events we are going to curate there, first up in early June, the building of a wildlife pond.
We are also working with several new front gardens around Camden…see our earlier blog on why we love working with front gardens.
With many of our other gardens, we have been busy working away on creating lawns. We have sown lots of bio-diverse grass seeds (see earlier blog) and will be welcoming lots of beneficial insects and pollinators into these sites. For a couple of clients, short of time (not wanting to wait the 6 weeks needed before walking on the grass) we have even layed turf – but no ordinary turf! We are talking wildlife friendly turf which looks like ordinary turf, but in fact has over 20 species rich cultivars in it!