Tuesday, 20 March 2018

The Cotswolds’ Finest Gardens

The first day of Spring! How wonderful, how magical!
There's a warmth in the air, and the buds are swelling magnificently...

Buscot Park Garden on Modern Country Style
Buscot Park Gardens

BOOK REVIEW: The Cotswolds’ Finest Gardens by Tony Russell

In just a few short months, garden-visiting season will be upon us. If you live in the Cotswolds, or simply fancy a fantastic day out in this beautiful part of England, then grab yourself a copy of The Cotswolds' Finest Gardens by Tony Russell and get day-tripping. Each page or so is devoted to one of the gardens I've described here, with information, photos galore, and full contact details....

Barnsley House Gardens on Modern Country Style
Barnsley House Gardens 

There are so many incredible gardens in this area; we're unbelievably lucky.

Hidcote Manor Gardens on Modern Country Style
Hidcote Manor Gardens 

Hidcote Manor Gardens on Modern Country Style
Hidcote Manor Gardens 

Living here, it's hard not to take it for granted that tucked away around every corner of every street, there's seemingly an incredible garden waiting for you.

Iford Manor on Modern Country Style
Iford Manor 

Iford Manor on Modern Country Style
Iford Manor 

Even on a grand scale like this, there's plenty of inspiration to be had, plenty of ideas for you to take away....

Snowshill Manor Gardens on Modern Country Style
Snowshill Manor Gardens on Modern Country Style

Snowshill Manor Gardens on Modern Country Style
Snowshill Manor Gardens on Modern Country Style

Whether its a particular pergola style, or a certain heavenly-smelling rose, you'll want to leap straight into your gardening boots the moment you come home!

Sudeley Castle Gardens on Modern Country Style
Sudeley Castle Gardens 

Sudeley Castle Gardens on Modern Country Style
Sudeley Castle Gardens 

Sudeley Castle Gardens on Modern Country Style
Sudeley Castle Gardens 

Because the amazing part is: all of these gorgeous gardens, and many many more, are open to the public at various times of the year! That's what's soooo good about books like The Cotswolds' Finest Gardens (published by Amberley). The stunning pages are not just there to tease you but to entice, to lure, into a reality that can be very much yours.

What are you waiting for?!!

Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahxx

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

The Thoughtful Gardener by Jinny Blom: Book Review on Modern Country Style

Remember last time, I shared one of the legendary garden designer Jinny Blom's beautiful gardens? Today, I want to show you a book that you're going to absolutely love. The Thoughtful Gardener by Jinny Blom herself has fast catapulted into my top ten gardening books. 

The Thoughtful Gardener by Jinny Blom: Book Review on Modern Country Style

The Thoughtful Gardener by Jinny Blom: Book Review on Modern Country Style

First off, the photographs are absolutely stunning. Image after image of Jinny Blom's designs fill every page, including sneak peeks into her own garden. Each of them will have you scrutinising every single detail, trying to work out how you can bring such beauty, such magnificent understatement into your own garden.

The Thoughtful Gardener by Jinny Blom: Book Review on Modern Country Style

The Thoughtful Gardener by Jinny Blom: Book Review on Modern Country Style

But Jinny Blom doesn't leave you there, drooling over her work. She very generously takes us through her whole design process: from initial examination of the site for clues of any historical or architectural features which can be incorporated into the design.... 

The Thoughtful Gardener by Jinny Blom: Book Review on Modern Country Style


...through the stages of putting thought into action, and then tonnes of advice and inspiration about the planting itself.

The Thoughtful Gardener by Jinny Blom: Book Review on Modern Country Style

The Thoughtful Gardener by Jinny Blom: Book Review on Modern Country Style

Jinny Blom describes herself in The Thoughtful Gardener, which is published by Jacqui Small, as 'unmoved by fashion' but, somehow, whatever she does is absolutely at the forefront of what people love to look to for inspiration. Her timeless, soft planting, combined with her love of introducing a contemporary nod in the form of topiary and hard landscaping, make her one of the very best Modern Country Garden Designers around.

Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahxx

Images via Jinny Blom

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Thursday, 8 March 2018

Modern Country Garden Designer: Jinny Blom

I've got a bit of a fangirl double whammy for you here...
Two words:
Jinny Blom

Modern Country Garden: Jinny Blom Garden Design

Have you heard of Jinny? She's a Garden Designer Extraordinaire
and I'm a little bit in love with her gardens.

Modern Country Garden: Jinny Blom Garden Design

Jinny Blom designed this gorgeous garden which is based in Gloucestershire. The home is called Temple Guiting and is based in the heart of the Cotswolds.

Modern Country Garden: Jinny Blom Garden Design

These walls were built from Jinny Blom's plans. haven't they done a completely fantastic job at blending new with old? 

Modern Country Garden: Jinny Blom Garden Design

Modern Country Garden: Jinny Blom Garden Design

Pleached hornbeams like the ones below are such a fantastic way of providing privacy but still letting through plenty of light. Look at all that sunshine? Wishing we had a bit more of that right now!!

Modern Country Garden: Jinny Blom Garden Design

Modern Country Garden: Jinny Blom Garden Design

This is just classic Modern Country gardening at its best. Gorgeous soft planting combined with firm contemporary structure. It's utterly delicious.

Modern Country Garden: Jinny Blom Garden Design

Modern Country Garden: Jinny Blom Garden Design

Oh Jinny, Jinny, Jinny. If only you had a book we could devour; something we could learn from, to be guided by your experience, in order to make little pieces of heaven in our own back gardens...

Modern Country Garden: Jinny Blom Garden Design

But wait? What's this I see before me....
Jinny Blom HAS written a book!
And a full review is coming your way very soon indeed....
Hold onto your seats, my sweet peas, it's a beauty.

Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahx

Images via Jinny Blom

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Monday, 26 February 2018

Small Garden With A Circular Lawn!

I have a real thing in gardens about circle-shaped lawns. Will you just look at the shape of that lawn.... I hesitate to use the word sexy for what is basically a patch of grass but feast your eyes on those lush curves, baby....

Small Garden With A Circular Lawn on Modern Country Style

{You want more loveliness like this? Yes! I've FINALLY joined Instagram! If you haven't come to say 
I'd LOVE to see you there!}

This circle-shape works especially well on grass in smaller town gardens, where there are very often the harsh straight lines of other nearby houses to content with. Drawing your eye with soft, flowing lines does so much for reducing the impact of the rat-race going on all around you.

Bring a slice of Country into Modern living?
Yup, that's Modern Country Gardens for you!!
;-)

Take Care Till Next Time,
Sarahxx

Image via GAP

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Monday, 19 February 2018

Book Review: The Layered Garden

I'm on the hunt for seriously inspirational garden books to inspire me while we do the hard raft in our home. And when I find a corker, I love to share them with you... Have you heard of The Layered Garden by David L Culp? It's the book I'm sharing with you today and it's a cracker!! It's sub-title is Design Lessons For Year-Round Beauty From Brandyvine Cottage.

Book Review: The Layered Garden by David Culp

Don't we all want a garden which appears to be at its best through every month of the year, from 'the first snowdrops...to the last branches, berries and bark of winter'? This is the essence of the thinking behind layering in your garden.

Book Review: The Layered Garden by David Culp

By carefully choosing the right plants for your space, David Culp argues that it is possible to draw out the very best from each space in your garden to produce layers of interest in each season.

Book Review: The Layered Garden by David Culp

And the thing I most love about The Layered Garden is that the author, along with his partner, have created the most fantastic garden, at their home, using these principles, which they share, along with mountains of generous details, on every page.

Book Review: The Layered Garden by David Culp

The 'Layered' of the title, not only applies to maximising interest at each time of year but also to making the very most of all heights in your garden. Take a look at this fantastic Before and After of their Ruin Garden and you'll see what I mean:

Book Review: The Layered Garden by David Culp

Book Review: The Layered Garden by David Culp

Isn't it incredible what they've achieved with such an uninspiring space?

The Layered Garden (published by Timber Press) is one of those very best kind of books that makes you want to devour every page, squeeze out every last drop of knowledge and then get cracking on your own!! 

Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahxx

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