Ursula's Cambridge Garden

Freelance gardener, plantswoman and garden-designer writing from my small urban garden in a great city

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What a difference a year makes

Today I have been working on a garden I planted up last Autumn.  It’s coming on nicely.

And just a reminder of the state of neglect it was in before I took it in hand…


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Autumn structure against a striking background

Today I have been tending plantings at my Architect clients.  The very contemporary plantings, with lots of very strong shapes and sharp evergreen silhouettes, designed to look good all year round, is now beautifully off-set by the new wooden cladding on the studio, in natural wood and black.

The concrete planters are looking good with the glaucous green of Euphorbia ‘Humpty Dumpty’ and Sage making a nice foil to the grey of the concrete.


Autumn colour glories

Autumn really is in full swing now – as seen above as my Client’s beech hedge glows golden yellow in the sunshine yesterday.

Lace-cap hydrangeas give wonderful shows at the moment as well…

And Hawthorn berries are spectacularly red

A newly planted section of a shady north-facing bed at another Client’s garden features the wonderfully names Brunnera macrophylla ‘Looking Glass’ which has a wonderfully icy wintery feel about it…

Meanwhile the new bed at another Client’s garden is complete, following the line of stepping stones at last.

And the box spheres at another Client’s garden are looking ready for a dusting of frost, after a huge cut back in June.  Roll on winter then…

Happy November gardening!