Sylvia Newman Garden Design is a family-run business offering clients complete turnkey design and build services. Our stylish and high-quality portfolio of work ranges from residential gardens to Presidential Palaces and caters to all varieties of tastes and budgets.
This month from the 14th-21st February it’s National Nest Box week! What’s that? It means it’s time to help some of our favourite native birds have safe houses ready for young. Why is this important I hear you say? So many of our beloved natural nesting sites such as old barns, trees and hedgerows are being disrupted due to building work etc. Meaning our birds don’t get the homes they need in order to breed. It’s also a perfect thing to do with the family and also gives you the opportunity to see some very cute tiny fledglings!
Looking through the plant list from one of my favourite suppliers I came across Edgeworthia. Reading this was tricky to grow in low temperatures, I left it in the cool greenhouse. One day last week I opened the greenhouse door and not only was this stunningly beautiful flower in full bloom, the scent was unbelievable. Clearly the bee found it irresitable too!
January doesn’t have to all doom and gloom when it comes to your garden. If you look closely now is the time of year when we see our spring bulbs emerging. Daffodils are already poking their greenery through – a welcome sight!
At this time of year you tend to reflect on everything that has been achieved. For us it’s looking back at our newly built gardens and how they have already grown into their own.
As you may already know, earlier in the year we started to build and plant the Girton Town Charity Sensory Garden in Wellbrook Way, and the garden was officially opened in early September. All the plants have grown well and the garden is beginning to mature beautifully.
We have had lovely feedback from users of all ages and we have been very happy to have had the opportunity to add to the community in this way. Of course with a little helping hand from our Maintenance team, it was still in flower in October and November!
We’re looking forward to the newly planted tulips and other bulbs to start to poke through the soil in a month or two.
It’s not just our new projects that deserve a mention. Our Maintenance team have been busy looking after gardens all year round. Keeping up the high standard of our designs whilst the plants mature and take their own spaces. You can see how tall grasses can really add amazing structure and texture especially at this time of year – the birds love the shelter they give.
There are some projects that we have even been able to create new spaces for. The centre of this area is a spherical glass summer house. Introducing a seating area like this enables you to enjoy the beauty of your garden whatever the weather, from alfresco breakfasts to dinner on a summer evening. The cosy seating area will keep you warm while you appreciate the view.
Creating an area of planting nestles the sphere into the space and the gentle movement the grasses give in contrast to the smooth surface of the pond are both calming and welcoming.
This has included many elements to create a peaceful retreat in beautiful organic surroundings away from the house. This is where we’d all like to be – dining alfresco come the summer.