croud co | design journal

changing perceptions (Mon, 26 Jun 2017)
There seems to be a common misconception that garden designers are horrendously expensive to hire and therefore having your garden designed is an unachievable luxury. When people learn that I am a garden designer, their first comment is often along the lines of ‘I’d love to have my garden designed but it’s so expensive’. I […]
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30 seconds (Mon, 30 Jan 2017)
For me autumn is a fantastic season, the colours, low sunshine and long walks in big jumpers, however I also love the spring because I just can’t get over my excitement when I see fresh perfectly formed buds emerging after the winter’s sleepy months. What do you think? Take our quick poll……..
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Mystical morning (Mon, 23 Jan 2017)
It takes exactly 6 minutes 37 seconds to walk from my house to the top of the cliffs overlooking the sea. A route I have walked thousands of times over the years, yet each time the view at the end is different. The coast generously provides dramatically different vistas as a result of the weather, the seasons […]
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secret gardens rule (Wed, 11 Jan 2017)
I love a secret garden. The magic and anticipation created by not knowing what lies around a corner or behind a wall is such fun. Last weekend we spent time catching up with friends at an old country house in Norfolk and during a sleepy afternoon I took an opportunity to explore the grounds. The first […]
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Community (Tue, 20 Dec 2016)
At the weekend we attended a wonderful Christmas party organised by the Royal Association for Deaf People (RAD), supported by Boots and the Essex Deaf Childrens Society (EDCS). Since my son became deaf three years ago our whole family has felt welcomed by the deaf community and they have been such an inspiration to us. […]
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as winter approaches (Thu, 03 Nov 2016)
Each day I walk around our garden to take stock of what is changing, emerging, looking gorgeous and looking not so good. It is calming and enthralling to see how the colours, size, texture and outlook change of the leaves and flowers each morning of each day of each year. We have a collection of very architectural evergreen […]
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