Wattle and Daub by Darren Mellor

There are many new innovative and ecological building products on the market right now but no matter how much we want to go green, sometimes it can be a bridge too far when your dream home is hanging in the balance! Let’s face it, building methods and materials that have been around for centuries can be relied upon and give us...

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Orangeries by Darren Mellor

Originating from the Renaissance gardens of Italy, the humble Orangery has been gracing the grounds of fashionable residences since the seventeenth century and although similar to a greenhouse or conservatory, gained It’s name thanks to the cover it provided for citrus plants throughout the winter. An Orangery is a variation...

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Christmas Gardening Gifts by Darren Mellor

If you are scratching your head for the ideal gift for your gardening loved ones then these recommendations should come to your rescue and please even the hardest people to shop for! The Perfect Gardening Gift: Join the RHS. You’ll be giving a whole year of inspirational garden visits, discounted tickets to RHS...

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October garden tasks by Darren Mellor

With autumn well in place and the clocks about to go back, now is the time to break down the garden furniture, baton down the hatches and ready your garden for the winter ahead. I’m afraid to say it’s that inevitable time of the year when we have to admit that summer is over! Its not all doom and gloom though. There are still...

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Rock Around The Garden by Darren Mellor

A sure fire way to create an interesting feature within your garden is by building a Rock Garden. Unless you spend a lot of time in the garden, I would advise siting the rock garden close to your patio in order to get the most out of it. Because of the daintiness of the majority of the plants used, it is best to keep them as...

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Hedging Your Bets by Darren Mellor

Hedging Your Bets Following on from some wonderful hedge and topiary designs and installations at Chelsea this year, it only seems right to pay homage to the great divide. A hedge can be an attractive and long lasting asset to any garden, giving shelter, privacy and defining boundaries, and creating one isn’t as involved as...

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The Diamond in the Jubilee – RHS Chelsea 2012 by Darren Mellor

So, another Chelsea flower show has come and gone spelling the start of the gardening year. If the people’s choice award was anything to go by, everyone had a favourite garden but most of the installations are made for Chelsea and are not often practical for all year round fulfilment. Now that the dust has settled I thought it...

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Enviroden – Taking Planting To New Heights by Darren Mellor

Living walls and roofs are all the rage at the moment and really do set a building apart from the norm and make a real impact on their surroundings. A sedum roof really does set a building off. Especially when installed onto a pergola or garden room that can be seen from higher floors in the house. Rumours that they don’t last...

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Floras Fireworks Cottage Gardens

Throughout history cottage gardens were far more practical than they are today, the main emphasis then being on self sufficiency including growing vegetables, herbs and fruit in the same space, many also kept bees and livestock .Flowers were used mainly to provide colour and fill in spaces but the main emphasis was on...

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Floras Fireworks by Rachael Cox

It goes without saying that space will always be at a premium in a small garden, but don’t be put off as even though you may have a small courtyard or balcony it still deserves to look its best and any space however small can bring added enjoyment and also help enhance the saleability of your property. Designing for a small...

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Red Cedar Greenhouses from Growhouse by Darren Mellor

The experienced gardeners amongst you will know that a red cedar timber greenhouse is an ideal choice for your plants and garden. The general consensus being that red cedar is the best wood for a greenhouse frame with its self oiling properties, lack of knots and its resistance to contortion. Made from this timber, greenhouses...

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Plantfoil Living Green Roof by Darren Mellor

Why plantfoil™ Green roofs are becoming increasingly popular throughout Europe particularly in Germany and Switzerland as people look for ways to green their environment and take small steps to counter global warming.  Whilst we have seen green roofs on commercial buildings in the UK there is still little uptake in the garden...

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Garden Eco Living by Darren Mellor

Keeping it green is something we should all be considering these days and where better to do it than in the garden? We use so much timber in our projects, from decking and fencing, to sheds and garden rooms. The most commonly used product is pressure treated pine which has been treated with chemicals, and as it ages requires...

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Take Cover – Gazebos by Darren Mellor

Referred to in the English dictionary as “a freestanding, roofed, usually open sided structure providing a shady resting place”, to us, the Gazebo provides the perfect quintessentially English garden hideaway, which affords shade, rest and relaxation. So, whether you like to entertain friends, escape with a morning paper and...

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Underneath The Arches by Darren Mellor

We have had a love affair with arches as far back as the Roman times, and they are one of my favourite semi-architectural features within the garden. An arch adds a romantic element and can frame a view or turn a path into a promenade and can really give occasion to an entrance creating a transition from one part of a garden...

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Traditional Oak Framing by Darren Mellor

Oak framed structures have been traditionally built all around Europe but, especially here in England, as far back as the 13th century, and they are as popular now as ever. The trick is to use green oak which is a very fresh timber which has high water content. The frame dries and seasons as the years pass and as it shrinks it...

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Stand By Your Beds by Darren Mellor

Raised beds are definitely the in thing to have at the moment, but don’t just let the current fad persuade you. The benefits offered are manifold; added height reduces kneeling down, back ache, and generally improves the gardening experience. To construct deep beds correctly, however,  takes a lot of hard work and can be quite...

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New Display Site progress

At long last. For those of you that haven’t been driving past regularly to see the progress we have made, here it is. I must point out that this is just a small slice of what is still to come....

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RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 by Darren Mellor

For the last 149 years, all eyes have been on the RHS Chelsea Flower Show to the way forward for the gardening year ahead. This year was no exception, and I personally feel that this show was one of the best yet. Diarmuid Gavin’s Irish Sky Garden, commissioned by Failte Ireland and Cork City Council, was breathtaking.  I found...

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New Display Site progress at Tasburgh

At long last. For those of you that haven’t been driving past regularly to see the progress we have made, here it is. I must point out that this is just a small slice of what is still to come....

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