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Floral Couture

Wednesday, June 15, 2016 - 20:23

Welcome  & greetings to our first June 2016 posting. It's now only 5 days until Summer so we have been extremely industrious in preparation.

It's been a terrific Spring for all the florals in our clients gardens. Our new collections for 2016, designed and implemented last year have been well received, and it has been exciting to see them unfurl, blossom and bloom.

this week in flowers

Beautiful Alliums... above are a new variety we planted en masse, below the early stages of those star spheres, Christophiis

Paper-like and absolutely gigantic Oriental Poppies

Exquisite Foxgloves

Sublime indigo Anemones

Spanish Lavenders

Photobombed by a bug during photo shoots!

And ahhh... the Peonies. Our favourite grouping is in our leader image of just 4 types that have very subtle differences between them, but enough that they give the borders depth. They remind us of icecreams. This one (above) is a new variety to us and made the final 4. It's called Solange and it is utterly breathtaking. Most are out to clients and planted now but we have a few left in our nursery that we are coveting!

the last weeks of Spring

So far this year we have installed an exciting range of projects and designed a real plethora of new, all at varying stages of implementation. We will be sharing them here soon, on the blog and in our new portfolio (coming soon).

Now we are settled at the Design Barn we have begun building our growing areas and test grounds for projects. We had a little dabble with unusual wildflower seeds and the results are looking very good. More on that soon - but it should be relevant to anyone seeking to explore the option of growing meadow flowers, and in some more unusual colours too.

Blue Corner

North End

Our Tulip tests have been very fruitful too. We will be sharing the results of these at the end of the Summer, ready in time for selecting and buying your bulbs in Autumn this year. But lets not talk about the end of Summer before it's even started!


The Beeline

Oxford central

Our new favourites - Jammy Dodger Alliums

The Herringbone

2016 colour trends


That's it for our pre-Summer fix and catch up. The next season of blogs from us will be heavily influenced by water, namely the ocean, in an exploration for our designs. This will be alongside the first reveals of our latest pool garden and other projects with water works.

Back soon with the latest progress from the barn & nursery - it's about to get a wrap!

The Tulip Test results available Aug. / Sept.

All photographs and ingredients are by us - from our Design Barn, clients projects and sites. All plants & florals pictured have been grown on by us (except for the bluebell woods! - that's just what we are lucky enough to be surrounded by).

All images ©Hendy Curzon Gardens Ltd. 2016

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Atomic Orange } design in colour

Sunday, May 22, 2016 - 16:25

Welcome  to our final exploration of evocative colours this season. It's the atomic orange blog, originally inspired by these home grown couture Tulips in our cut flower nursery. Orange tends to elicit strong emotions, you either love it or you hate it... or do you? Around here we love it's controversy. We use it tactically in our projects, but never, ever as an apology. Like Tiffany blue and pink, as explored in this series, there is a time and a place for these bold colours. When it's right it's right, and it should never be forced.

Nadja Auermann for French Revue De Modes

Jason Savage Photography

HALL Rutherford Winery - Napa Valley. Chandelier by artist Donald Lipski with 1500 Swarovski Crystals

Poppy pods by Peter Daalder

Hendy Curzon Gardens

Christian Dior - Fall 2010 Couture

Ericsson Kista, Stockholm. Architects Wingardh Arkitektkontor. Mattias Hamren Photography

Christo & Jeanne-Claude 'The Gates' Central Park, New York City 1979-2005. Wolfgang Volz Photography

Marrakech, spices for sale

Xavier Ortega Photography

Flickr - Aremac

Christo & Jeanne-Claude 'The Gates' Central Park, New York City 1979-2005. Wolfgang Volz Photography

White Desert, Egypt. Photography by Dionys Moser

Charlie Drevstam

Alexander McQueen

Phil Marion

Hendy Curzon Gardens

Hendy Curzon Gardens

Dior & Elie Saab

Parallellepipeda, Nick Ervinck

Casa Blanca by Martin Dulanto Sangalli

Line Cape - Broken Line By Dick Lubbersen

Vermilion Cliffs National Monument

Desert Choreography by Marsel Van Oosten

Cause and Effect by Korean artist Do Ho Suh

Magic Circus by Kristian Schuller

Turkey Tail Fungus

Adelphi Hotel Liverpool

Givenchy Ombre Dress

Magdelena Frackowiak - Elle Italy

Lisa Kellner

Giambattista Valli - Fall Couture 2014

Anish Kapoor

Orange Red Orange by Mark Rothko

Hendy Curzon Gardens

So ends our case for atomic orange. If you want to see the Pink Dior blog, Chartreusse and the Tiffany blue click on their names.

Atomic Orange SourceBook : as listed, plus Pinterest, Google, etc. Let us know if we have missed to credit you and we will oblige. Thank you all contributors for your inspirations!

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the Design Barn

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 15:06

We have now completely moved to the Design Barn & nursery, Bolton's Lane, Combe, OX29 8NB, on Blenheim grounds in Oxfordshire. Not far for us  to go but a great move.  This will be a place where HC clients can visit and consider their own designs at varying stages – with live case studies at hand of couture cut flower gardens, meadow patches, Tulip variety tests, kokedama, landart and more. We  intend for this to be changing all the time, not just with the seasons but also evolving from year to year, and we promise that no 2 years will ever be the same here. Photos of it all are coming soon, but in the meantime here are some juicy homegrown Tulips in our nursery.

All our e mails and the phone number remain the same, which can all be found on our contact page.

Come and see us soon! 

Images ©  the Design Barn by Adrienne, Watermelon Tulips by Sophie

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E mail us today!

Monday, April 18, 2016 - 09:45

We are moving today. The phone lines are being changed over to our new Design Barn this morning but there may be a delay so please e mail us and we will give you a call.

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Tiffany Blue, outside the box

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 18:45

Welcome to our latest exploration in our Design in Colour Season.

Outside in, Hendy Curzon Gardens Ltd.

Tiffany Blue  is the vernacular name for the complex Robin egg blue colour. This colour appears everywhere throughout our natural world, yet when isolated in it’s singular form, say as an object, it can sometimes seem artificial.

Tiffany’s of New York originally deployed the Robin egg blue for its catalogues back in 1845, now known as the iconic Tiffany Blue Book. Since then Tiffany & Co have harnessed the distinct colour for their branding and marketing. 

Luxe Interiors, San Francisco

Stairs at Queens House, Greenwich

Drowning Princess by Judas Berra

The colour is the brand, logo and identity of Tiffany so they gained ownership of the colour entirely in 1998, by filing with the United States federal government and trademarking it.

Pantone  then numbered it 1837, deriving from the year of Tiffany’s first store door’s opening in Manhattan. As a trademarked colour it is not publicly available and is not printed in the Pantone Matching system swatch books.

The iconic Tiffany Blue Box is trademarked and even the phrase Tiffany Blue Box  is the intellectual property of Tiffany & Co.

Through our design in colour season, we surprised ourselves by being drawn to Tiffany Blue, but once we explored it we could eventually articulate why! 

Hunter Wellies

Tiffany Blue lies in the blue spectrum but contains a great deal of green. To define Tiffany Blue you could class it as Turquoise. The definition of Turquoise is greenish blue and sky–blue. It’s a colour consisting of hydrated phosphate of copper and aluminium, and there lies verdigris.

Blue pond & Spring snow, Hokkaido - Kent Shiraishi Photography

Tiffany Blue is a mineral, a gem. Its opaque, its effervescent. It’s a moodlifter and it packs a punch.

Stropharia Aeruginosa woodland mushroom

If you think of not just the colour of a Robin’s egg, but the delicacy of the structure of the shell too and how it holds and protects its precious contents - you then realise that Tiffany didn’t just covet this colour by chance.

Lisa Kellner Jellyfish

As you further examine Tiffany Blue it starts to become oddly addictive, a little like Coca Cola!

You can definitely over indulge it, but then find yourself drawn to it again when it is absent from your world!

Tiffany Blue is a colour that exudes elegance when paired with white, and sits happily next to darker blues.

Himalayon Blue Poppy

The colour is cheerful, sometimes feminine, sometimes child like.

It evokes the underworld of the ocean in all of its aquamarine hues and looks crisp, clean and new in its opaque and chalky forms.

2016 will see electric colours like Tiffany Blue, Pinks, Chartreuse, etc. appearing in gardens and homes. Best used as a bolt or shock of colour in contrasting schemes -  both in dark dramatic places or pale modern settings.

Marshall Fields Clock

There is something very nostalgic about Tiffany Blue. We love how Tiffany’s have made it so iconic and synonymous with romance, indulgence and bling through their marketing. And maybe Tiffany does want to have it all for themselves and only permit us to ‘buy’ into it, but they will never be able to monopolise it all – just the boxes.

Tiffany Blue Egg Water Feature in The Potager, Kingham, a Hendy Curzon Garden.


Tiffany Blue, outside the box Source Book : Pantone Universe, Hendy Curzon Gardens,,, Pinterest, Tumblr, Flickr,, Lisa Kellner, Lamborghini,, Coca Cola, Judas Berra, Dior, VW,  Breakfast at Tiffany's, Kent Shiraishi, Ultra Linx, She Knows, Aesthetic Content, Luisa Moron Fotographia - Society 6, Vice Magazine, AdWeek, Starwalt, Pantone Colour Institute

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