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Floral frontiers

Saturday, May 10, 2014 - 18:19

Kirsty Mitchell : Wonderland series

HC Cut Flower gardens

Gucci Garden : Chelsea 2014

Cut Flower combo from our HC nursery garden this week

Welcome to our first blog for May. Flower fever is everywhere, continuing the Floral Couture trend we have been discussing here for the last year now. From catwalks to interiors - the craving for flora fashion and design looks to be gaining some momentum now. We are especially excited that brand Gucci will be participating in the Chelsea Flower show this month.

The concept for the Gucci show garden is based on the brand's signature Flora print. For Frida Giannini, creative director of Gucci it marks a significant step in Gucci's creative portfolio. "Flora was the very first iconic design motif from Gucci's storied past that I decided to revive and reinterpret, " Giannini said. 

 "Since then I have used it on bags, dresses, scarves and as an inspiration for a series of fragrances."

The Flora print originated in a design for a scarf for Grace Kelly,

then following this, an official release came about in 1966. The Flora print went on to be a hugely coveted design on Gucci scarves in the 60s and 70s - seen to be synonymous with chic, stylish women.

Since then the print has remained a key part of the Gucci identity and we cant wait to see it come to life at Chelsea this month.

Alongside the unabating floral trends this year we see butterfly motifs becoming a popular theme. Pictured above is the Butterfly bench from Rockett St. George who are extending their unique homewares boutique in to the realms of gardens.

Butterfly by Eduardo Garcia Campos

FlowerBomb scent by Viktor & Rolf

May heralds the peak of Tulip season. We planted thousands and thousands across our Cotswolds projects last Autumn. Pictured above are the Tulip snakes at HC North End Garden.

Bringing some outside in...

well, we say it here all the time so we can't really encourage you enough!

Pictured here : Cut flowers from a townhouse garden

(Neiman Marcus Spring 2014 collection)

Prairie Style above : displaying large bunches of Cow Parsley from a country garden.

Nature's way this May 

So if you go down to the woods today you really are in for a big surprise! The naturalised Bluebells in the Cotswolds are staggering this year. We have never witnessed quite such a bold display as 2014's.

If you are out walking, cycling, driving glance towards woodland hills and you are very likely to see a bold band of blue just hovering. Once you spot it you'll see it everywhere. If you can make a trip soon to a woodland near you will find it was well worth it. We took these pictures just a stones throw away from our depot. Just, on this occasion don't bring some outside in though... you are not allowed to pick the native Bluebells!

For the last few years we have been sharing Kirsty Mitchell's Wonderland series here - the awe inspiring and enchanting floral and woodland photographic project that has a massive following by now. This season sees the epic project drawing to its conclusion.

Mitchell's series of photographs are a tribute to her late mother, who spent her life as an english teacher inspiring generations of children with her imaginative stories and plays.

'The last dance of the flowers' sees the final chapter to Mitchell's touching tribute to her mother, Maureen. A project of this magnitude, spanning 5 years in total, is an inspiration and a testament to the power of channeling grief and loss in to something of sheer brilliance. Mitchell will inspire generations to come.

No less than one thousand fresh flowers dress Mitchell's final model in the series. We share this last imagery at the end of this blog.

Kirsty Mitchell has been named the first female Nikon UK ambassador for Fine Art Photography.

Floral Country

And last in our floral frontiers trends blog this week is the wonderful Floral motif Wellington boots from Hunter no less. For chic gardeners and ramblers!

Tulips on our nursery table in May

The last dance of the flowers by Kirsty Mitchell

Floral frontiers Source book: Yanko Design, hendy Curzon Gardens, Rockett St. George, Vogue, Squidoo, Pinterest, Amateur Gardener, Hyea W. Kang, Gucci, Vogue Korea, Grazia, Kirsty Mitchell, Dejki, Syoff, RHS, Flomaker, Hunter Boots.

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Colourlands

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 16:37

Welcome to the first in our series of Colourlands blogs. This week think all things tourmaline and turquoise, patina and verdigris.

There is a plethora of colour spectrums that appear naturally in our gardens and landscapes and throughout 2014 we are exploring them here.

2014 trends in interior and fashion design promise a bold wave of strong colour choices. This will naturally inform many of our exterior selections... so this week let's soak up this palette that can translate as both highly contemporary and classically vintage.

Natural creation

This spectrum of colours is one that most of us respond to positively. Whether evoking the calm serenity of water, the protective qualities of gem stones or stimulating an attraction to vibrant pigmentation, it's a palette of colours that seems universally inspiring.

This palette of aqua and patina greens and blues seem inherently optimistic, possessing an ability to restore a sense of well being in all of us.

Other times they can echo a warm sense of nostalgia.

They stimulate creativity,

and inspire positivity.

Reminding us to appreciate the qualities of the aged

alongside embracing the possibilities of the new. 

Colourlands part I Sourcebook: Mykl Mabalay, Miikshka, Pinterest, ebay, Kerso blog, Halo Smith, Fauxology, New Orleans French Quarter door Art.com, Blue view art by Jami, The Chicken Chick, Martha Stewart, I heart it, Pantone Mind, Meadow boutique, HC Gardens, Horse Country living, The last foot print, Mindful spirits, Hugh heart, Macro village.

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blOOm

Thursday, April 3, 2014 - 19:12

'Tis the season : April... Let's get started then with some Floral Couture via Alexander McQueen

Bring some outside in via HC Gardens style

To kick off the Spring Season here and to combat some of the pollution blanketing us here in Oxfordshire this week we are bringing you some of the best of all that blossoms and blooms.

This posting has an unashamedly pink theme, but it explores the spectrum. Everyday there is a little bit more joy to behold. Little lime green foliage in gardens and landscapes is popping up everywhere as leaves unfurl. Nature buds with little bombs of promise. Our worlds are all blossoming and blooming. It's Spring at last. So shall we go on a trip then?

Paris

Collecting from the cut flower garden

Claude Monet's house in Giverny, photographed here by KOS TAS. Now that's some front of house style!

Step this way

The pictures speak for themselves so we have very little to say this week as we let the blossoms & blooms do all the talking...

Vessels for display... for bringing some outside in

Hungry? Edible petals

 April is all about the new season so nurture every bud and morsel of nature that you can in your garden because it's all about to go...

...in a good way

get your seed bombs from kabloom (click the link), more on why, how, who, when, where, what, coming up here very soon :) 

blOOm Sourcebook: Alexander McQueen, Hendy Curzon Gardens Ltd., Vogue, Paloma, houzz, Achadosdaliedaqui, Flickr, Pinterest, Keltainentalorannalla blogspot, Adorable life, Ginny Branch, Daily click, Mint Tree, Peter Lippmann, Etsy, Rebecca Plotnick, Fairy Tales are true, Indulgy, Colored Mondays, Events ambience, Incked, Butterfly bones.

 

 

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Vertigo

Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 13:54

Let's get vertical and go to some dizzying heights

Vertical gardens and green walls have always been a beautiful and environmentally friendly means of adding life to surfaces, buildings and architecture. Then a few years ago it seemed that the popularity of ‘living walls’ was going to take over Britain with the use of them showcasing in Chelsea and Hampton Court for a fair few years in a row.

Soon a small conglomerate of companies seemed to monopolise the ‘systems’, driving costs up and making the whole concept of a 'living wall' very expensive and a bit generic. They soon seemed only to be affordable to corporate companies translating as part of the 'language' of those spaces and less appropriate to domestic gardens. The resistance to this, alongside the developments by designers in other countries has enabled a fresh wave of thinking about vertical gardens... so step this way...

So here we are championing this new generation of vertical gardens and gardeners, in hope that this post will illustrate there is a vertical garden to appeal to everyone – whatever your style and available space. Find vertical garden inspiration here in the form of the conventional, modern, modular, nature’s way with climbers and moss, innovation in architecture and just some plain old cracking ways to create your own vertical garden at home.

urban contemporary vertical garden

vintage country vertical garden

industrial town or country vertical garden

softscape city vertical garden

courtyard vertical New York garden

outside in vertical garden

nature's way vertical garden

big in Japan vertical garden

urban vertical landscape

retreat town or country vertical garden

city (Paris :)  vertical garden

country vertical garden

townhouse vertical garden

cotswolds vertical garden

modern vertical gardens

international vertical gardens

front of house vertical garden

outdoor room vertical garden

A dozen layers of concrete planters create a vertical garden on the facade of this house in Ho Chi Minh City by Vietnamese architect Vo Trong Nghia. 

The building is 20m deep but just 4m wide, typical of the narrow but long 'tube houses' common in Vietnam. Concrete planters span between the side walls to cover the front and back facades, and are spaced according to the height of the plants.

Automatic irrigation pipes fitted inside the planters allow for easy watering and maintenance.

Outside in : Sunlight pokes through the leaves of the plants to cast dappled shadows on the granite walls.

perfect pared-back style and proof that attention to detail matters. From design to creation and  construction then to living a life there. Selection of materials is integral to timeless success.

 

experiencing vertigo yet?

Pictured above is a garden by one of the the kings of vertical gardens Patrick Blanc. Blanc's work began with many private commissions of outdoor vertical gardens for clients seeking to create a rural element to their city views. As awareness of Blanc's talents gained momentum he was able to also pursue interior vertical garden projects. 

Above, Urban works by Jean Renaudie. His city projects 'embody an urban density, mixing several social levels, organising urban life on a multidude of levels and blur the limits between private and public areas whilst supplying every resident, on all storeys with a little piece of garden. '

Below, Brazilian designers Fernando and Humberto Campana and architects Super Limao Studio have covered the facade of a São Paulo furniture showroom with thousands of plant-filled vases.

House in Tokyo captured by Guen K

Design by Nature by Ian L. McHarg project by Adriana Barra

The Bangkok module green wall crate building system is made from stainless steel for easy construction. Hanging plant pots and drip irrigation are installed behind the felt. This system is inexpensive and convenient to construct. Architects Shma, Sansiri PCL, SdA Photograph Wison Tungthunya

  Architect Michele Bonon  Photographer Stefano Scata 

Architect Brad Zizmor 

Above : from the growing works of the UK's extrememly talented Anna Garforth... more on her in future 2014 blogs.

Below: our exterior studio inspirations, also more coming up on that in future 2014 blogs.

Kathrin Koschitzki

Vertical gardens : the future

A group of researchers led by Antonio Aguado, Ignacio Segura, and Sandra Manso at the Structural Technology Group of the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya have developed a new multilayer concrete that is able to support plant life. Both a medium for growth and a construction material, the system allows for thermal regulation and CO2 sequestration.

Aesthetically pleasing plus the concrete has applications in air purification and CO2 reduction. It can absorb solar radiation, helping to regulate temperature inside the building. Forming what the team describes as a “living painting”, the ever-changing biological layer is an alternative to static or toxic paints. Without the need for supporting structures, vertical gardens made with the composite are simpler and cheaper to build or augment existing facades.

Lichen it!

imagine what we could do with this in the UK? Not just for new builds but those existing unsightly fascades and structures? Those crimes against design could become the future houses and buildings that mark a generation. Currently, the biological concrete is being tested at the UPC and the University of Ghent (Belgium). Hopefully soon we will be seeing many more buildings sprout gardens thanks to this new technology. In the mean-time, nature will always find a way...

Vertical gardens at home 

Here are some ways to spruce up some vertical areas and possibly save on space by making use of your vertical possibilities within your home and garden.  First up is some lovely espalier on a home. The type of tree or shrub selected is essential to get the right look and suitability to the hosting fascade.

Vertical cook's garden fashioned from an old wash board 

A little more carpentry involved but still a dawdle... living culinary wall in a cook's kitchen

Nice idea : DIY chalk board and vertical herb garden.

Off the shelf 

and outside... a bit of reclaimation vertical gardening

maximising every viable surface for some greenscaping

Upcycling vertical garden

outside in

nature's way vertical garden

Innovation

This hybrid light and acoustical device was created by the German lighting designer Ingo Maurer for a client's dining room. Designed to both illuminate and soften the sound in the small but tall domed space…the end result, 'Biotope' ~ a 12 foot high hanging mass of  emerald green sponges that glow from within. A sound system, also hidden, can play music as well as insect noises or bird songs. Yes, it is artificial, but Maurer’s piece pushes boundaries and takes its inspiration from lush forests and nature itself resulting in an interior statement that feels organic and full of life.

Last year we talked about nature's influences over design and fashion in the Floral Couture blog and it seems that this trend prevails for Spring 2014. Vertical gardens adorned the SS14 catwalks and sets in the form of lush greenery and  technicolour blooms.

Floral Engineers and lighting designers shone very bright indeed with the likes of Eric Chauvin giving Dior in Paris rainbow vines (above), Architect Pernilla Ohrstedt's presenting Topshop's collection on a turfed runway and Thierry Dreyfus suspending trees over audiences for Versace in Milan.

 

Emma Hill's departing show for Mulberry in Unique's Regents Park show gave a firm nod to the quintessential English country garden with roses clambouring over arbours and trellis.

Land Art by Tim Walker

As predicted nature is creeping her way indoors from these fashion influences on to our interior schemes. Garden motifs, and floral & leaf patterns are inspiring interior design but with a definite trend towards complementing that with natural looking ways of bringing the outside in. These are in the form of cuttings from cut flower gardens, foraged hedgerow finds, vertical living gardens and so on.

In urban centres the exterior living walls have prevailed for a long time but indoors in the UK less so. Anthropologie's Regent Street store is getting in on the outside in trend in the Capital along with Josh Wood in Notting Hill, Atelier Beaute  both showcasing new living walls for 2014.

Patrick Blanc

Hendy Curzon Gardens

Secret Garden : Jimmy Choo

and then look what they did inside for the celebrations...

floral engineering gorgeousness!

So drawing this blog posting to a close we hope you feel a wee bit inclined to look around at your available spaces no matter where you reside. Can you enhance a mute or ugly space with some vertical gardening? Or can you possibly innovate because you are considering those vertical spaces and seeing them in a different way altogether?

nature nurture

and let's not forget the potential of lighting engineering combined with vertical gardens...

San Telmo Museum

if you want to go vertical this is not necessary

here's a more viable option with air plants

and /or this... just beautiful & simple

coming soon here for Spring : Land Art, Tulip Town, a lot more Floral Engineering (including our hero Thierry Boutemy pictured below)

and for now we are just anticipating Spring over on FB ...

the garden army troops are at the ready!

to take you to new heights

to make you take time to pause

and offer aid to assist and encourage you to get the most you can out of your garden, and love  it to the ultimate level that you can possibly reach.

The rest of the sources : Esculturas en equilibrio, Country Bistro Mexico City, Denzeen, Pinterest, Joseph Massie Creative, The Guardian, Indulgy, Vertigo imdb, Thomas Woltz, Petteri Nisunen, Arch Daily, Emporia, Fubiz, Bonny Fleming, Brightgreenus, Janne peters, Miromar Design, Design Sponge.

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The lovely bones

Friday, February 7, 2014 - 11:43

Hendy Curzon Gardens Ltd.

Wabi Sabi Design

David Winston

This February we are celebrating the lovely bones of Winter gardens when all is toned down to its natural pared-back beauty. Landscapes and gardens take on new forms in Winter. The light that is cast and the muted palettes can be appreciated alongside the structures and plants that we place or occur naturally in landscapes.

Winter Gardens Hendy Curzon

 If you have followed our projects portfolio and this blog over the years you will know that we always welcome and cherish these colder months when the simpler stages of outside give us all a period of respite - after the glory of Autumn and just before the explosion of Spring in the gardens & landscapes that we create.

In Winter the little details can shine brightest and the natural look of materials, bare tree structures, lighting and thoughtful design of evergreens, render Winter gardens and landscapes in to a period of wonder and enchantment... especially if they are cast in snow or frosts. Take a look and see...

Camil Tulcan, Visual Therapy

Nagano House TNA Architects

Marianne Boesky

- The lovely Winter bones -

- Winter luxe -

- Bringing a little outside in -

-Winter whites -

- Winter Front of House -

-Winter pause -

- Winter Country -

- Humble Winter beauty -

- Winter thaw -

- Winter Wildlife Hotel -

Pared-back Winter homes & gardens

Hawthorn Tompkin's phased extentsion campus

'The Forest's floor Courtyard' in February by Hendy Curzon Gardens

Looking good in February : on our nursery table - various Ferns and Dogwoods.

Here go in the new lovely bones to this historical front of house garden project in a Cotswolds village. Our design and build sympathetically combines restoration and reclaimation with modern techniques and structural planting... and the rest of this project? Wait until Spring for the first reveal. We aim to stop traffic.

The lovely bones Source book : hendy curzon gardens ltd., pinterest.co.uk, tumblr.co.uk, nrja.lv, apartmenttherapy.com, indulgy.com, injoyingjapan.com, hometrendesign.com, visualtherapyonline.com, littlefrenchgardenhouse.blogspot.com, cognitionstudio.com, houzz.com, undercoverarchitecture.com, marianneboeskygallery.com, tomhphoto.co.uk, hendycurzon.co.uk, michaelkenna.net, kararosenlund.com, thejunkhous.com, nilgunkara.com, dovecotestudios.com, wabisabidesign.co.uk, archdaily.com, visualnews.com

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