The Round Garden

This was one of the gardens I'd seen on Gardener's World before arriving in Birmingham, and as you might expect the circles appealed to me.  There was also a garden based on squares but somehow I missed that one, I'm not quite sure how. If I remember rightly there was a competition between the designers of the square and the round garden, and I'm pretty certain this one won.  Or if it didn't, it was definitely my favourite.  

But having my own garden full of circles that really didn't surprise you did it?

The Round Garden at Gardener's World Live

I love how the theme is repeated throughout the garden.  Since we added a raised bed of sleepers it has become my favourite place to sit and I think these benches would be relatively easy to replicate.  MOH thought so too as I caught him working out how to make these, perhaps for a future garden, who knows?  I'll not hold my breath though.

I also liked how the decking was flush with the stone circle, and how the lines matched up. I bet you didn't notice that did you?

A round seating area in the The Round Garden at Gardener's World Live

Clever huh?

I was less keen on the statue or stacked circle ornament, but I understand that the area needed some height and this was an effective way of ensuring that stayed throughout the year.  I did like the corten steel finish though.

circles everywhere in The Round Garden at Gardener's World Live

The planting was interesting too as it was mostly shrubs, but not boring shrubs at all. The variegated and coloured foliage made sure of that as well as the different shaped leaves. 

planting in The Round Garden at Gardener's World Live

So what do you think, are you a fan of circles in the garden yet?

Post Comment Love 13-15 July

Hello there and welcome to this week's #PoCoLo - if you were here last week it was great to see you, if you're new here this week then hello, it's great to have you along. I'm sure you're going to find some great posts to read.

It's been a work-dominated week for me. I'm not sure if that's because I'm operating on a more relaxed schedule, as we did while in Yorkshire or because there's more than usual going on. Or a bit of both, who knows - but I'm glad it's Friday, although we've a busy weekend ahead of us, and it's looking like it's going to turn warm again.  I'm hoping to clock up my third RHS garden of the year, with a quick visit to Essex on Sunday.  

You might expect my photo this week to be from RHS Harlow Carr, but it's not - it's from the gardens at Castle Howard, which were pretty special. It was one of those gardens that you just wanted to sit in and enjoy, and so for a while we did. It wasn't long though before I was reminded that nature is already preparing for the next season:

A pine cone at Castle Howard

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Going grey

It's been a while since I've shared a progress update on our conservatory work, so today I'm putting that right, and the grey is the paint not my hair...

The windowsills started off as oak, the radiator was unpainted and the metalwork was British Racing Green.  We'd chosen anthracite grey for the bifold doors and window, which we were waiting to arrive.  There'd been a mix up on the delivery date and so we were more open plan than we'd like for longer than we hoped for too.  Thankfully the weather cooperated.

 FROM WOOD AND GREEN TO GREY

FROM WOOD AND GREEN TO GREY

The radiator, while small in height is long and looking a little worse for wear.  I'm not a huge fan of radiators painted white, but I was less of a fan of keeping this one natural, so we opted to also paint it anthracite grey.  To make it work I needed the small wall also to be anthracite grey, MOH wasn't convinced but I was adamant.  I don't think the builders were sure either, but they went with it but you've a little longer to wait before seeing how it turned out.

 GIVING THE RADIATOR A NEW LEASE OF LIFE

GIVING THE RADIATOR A NEW LEASE OF LIFE

There wasn't much more for them to do until the doors arrived so things went quiet for a few days, and it was nice to catch our breath for a bit.  The corner of the window and door - the spot I keep coming back to - was already looking quite different.

 GREY WOODWORK, BUT STILL NO DOORS OR WINDOW

GREY WOODWORK, BUT STILL NO DOORS OR WINDOW

Looking back from the garden we were starting to get a glimpse of what it might look like, and how much of a difference something small like a change in the paint colour would make.

 STARTING TO SEE THE TRANSFORMATION TAKE SHAPE

STARTING TO SEE THE TRANSFORMATION TAKE SHAPE

There's still of a bit of a way to go, but it's starting to feel like it's worth the upheaval.

OUR NEWLY PAINTED GREY RADIATOR

What do you think, are you a fan of dark colours or not?  I'm a convert, but in moderation and this is the room that can take it.

More soon (and sooner than this latest update took to materialise)