Ursula's Cambridge Garden

Professional gardener and plantswoman writing from my small urban garden in a great city

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My kingdom for a Hedge!

This week and last I have been working for my super Clients,  planting a 33-plant Beech hedge…

And a 60-plant Box terrace hedge… (seen here with new Hawthorn tree also just planted)

This is what we started off with in May this year…just after the removal of a lot of ugly 1960s raised beds that had had their day.

Yesterday I was setting out almost a hundred plants for the first of three new beds – the shade bed first…

It’s always thrilling finally setting out plants, so carefully sourced and gathered together over many weeks.

By next week they will all be planted!  Watch this space.



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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!