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Gardener, Designer or Administrator?

It’s a very strange role I seem to be performing at the moment.  In the past week i’ve travelled to York to give a presentation at the wonderful Scampston Hall walled gardens, I’ve stood in a pond with my jeans rolled up ( don’t ask ), I’ve dug up plants from other gardens and put them back in to pots to take to London three years after planting them originally and yesterday was spent pulling around huge flagstones for the Brewin Dolphin garden.  All of this is sandwiched between all sorts of admin and managerial tasks such as organising 4 arctic lorries for our deliveries, checking on progress in the workshop and buying yet more plants!

Andy and I stood in the brilliant sunshine and sorted out huge reclaimed granite flagstones that make up a  public viewing area above our pond and a narrow pathway along the back of the garden.  Sunburnt and thirsty from all the dust we drove home having numbered all the stones and wrapped them on pallets for collection.  Very satisfying indeed.

Andy sizing up flags

reclaimed granite flagstones for Chelsea Flower Show