Our English Country Garden

Gardening season is finally here and what with Chelsea garden show in full swing we have already had some serious gardening inspiration. Although we are all fairly keen gardeners at home we felt that the mill needed a green injection outside so we have plans to turn the existing car park at the front of the mill into a lovely english country garden around a smaller prettier car park.

As we are in a primarily residential area and surrounded by beautiful countryside we thought it would be in keeping to have a pretty little garden area for our customers and team to enjoy.

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The Mill, crying out for an english country garden.

Although we don’t have acres of space to play with, we felt really inspired by the amazing use of small spaces over at Chelsea. It’s really interesting how a space can be transformed with clever planing and placement. A particular favourite was the M&G Garden which featured beautiful clay walls and wild spontaneous planting offering a very natural and organic feel. This garden is both inviting and relaxing filled with pollinators, perfect for the bees!

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The M&G Garden Designed by Sarah Price

Another favourite was the Welcome to Yorkshire garden by Marc Gregory. This little pocket of the dales cleverly uses a babbling brook, areas of dense woodland and planting of larch, elder and hazel to create a natural area for wildlife to feel at home. Plus the limestone building and drystone walls really remind me of home!

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The Welcome to Yorkshire Garden Designed by Marc Gregory

The o-mo-te-na-shi-no-niwa or the Japanese hospitality garden brought a beautiful taste of the traditional Japanese garden. “This traditional garden is inspired by the treasured Japanese culture of ‘omotenashi’, the concept of wholehearted and sincere hospitality, and the wish to invoke this feeling in guests to the garden.”

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The o-mo-te-na-shi-no-niwa or the Japanese hospitality garden by Kazuyuki Ishihara

So plenty to inspire us for our own little pocket of the countryside, with a little bit of hospitality for good measure. I’m thinking the usual suspects such as cheerful Alliums, Euphorbia, Delphiniums and of course some lovely wildflowers for the bees.

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