Friday, 25 July 2014

Leyland, Lancashire, garden design project one year on By David Keegan Garden Design

Garden Design in Leyalnd Lancashire

We installed this design for clients in Leyland, Lancashire, just shy of a year ago now. Yesterday i paid a return visit to carry out a bit of formative pruning and general plants tidy up. The gardens good condition is a positive testament to the very good care taken by my clients. The decking is now beginning to colour down nicely giving it a slight silver hue contrasting well with the slate border paving detail and further enhancing the geometry of the 60x 90 limestone paving. Best of all though for me is how successful my pleached Photinia have worked out. I had these pleached onto a metal frames in Italy, a bit of a risk as i had not seen Photinia used like this before. It makes a wonderful screen and far more interesting than the usual Lime  (Tilia) or Hornbeam (Carpinuis betulus) pleach due to its evergreen nature and the subtle changes in leaf and stem and flower colour from spring to summer. Apparently Alan Titmarsh cannot stand them, most peculiar, i consider it to be one of the more interesting evergreens! Perhaps these would serve to change his mind? 

Rear Garden Pictures

A rare treat to see this in flower in the UK and this far north. In fact I am not sure i have seen in flower in the UK before.

Front Garden Pictures

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

New Garden Design project in Leigh, Lancashire, by David Keegan Garden Design

Another very exciting new project for us. The redesigns of the gardens to a wonderful Edwardian property with stunning unbroken views to the surrounding countryside. The design for the garden will have a contemporary Japanese inspired approach though the novel use of materials and construct.
Below are a few pictures of the grounds and views as they now are along with the topographic survey. Watch this blog page for updates over the coming year as the project progresses.

Garden as is now before redesign

Unbroken view to surrounding countryside

View from the rear gardens

Topographic site survey
Designs and plans for new gardens

 The Landscape plans

  Another exclusive and copyrighted design for a screen by DK Garden Design

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New Garden Design project in Kendal, The Lake District, Cumbria, by David Keegan Garden Design

We are delighted to have been asked to redesign the over 1 acre of gardens for this stunningly located property in Kendal Cumbria on the edge of the Lake District. Perched on the side of the hill the gardens enjoy wonderful views of the old town of Kendal. The gardens themselves have quite an interesting history having been created to house an exotic and rare collection of plants. Great for the keen gardener but not practical for the current owners. We expect to start work on designs in the coming months and follow this blog for further updates. Below are a couple of pictures of the site as it now is and Topographical survey of the house and grounds.

A sneak preview at designs for the landscape

 The landscape plans

3D images for new designs

The rib-cage pergola an exclusive copyrighted DK Garden Design original

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Sunday, 13 July 2014

Allotment Diaries updates, By David Keegan Garden Design

A series of pictures from my allotment in Manchester

 The start of the cherry season at the allotment which invariably entails a battle of wits between me and the blackbirds regardless of how much netting i put over the tree.  Somehow they always seems to find a way in!!

Fresh Fig
First fig of the season to ripen, grown in the poly-tunnel looking at a  a particularity good crop this year. 

Previous posting from the allotment diaries can be found by clicking the links below.

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