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Have yourself a very Merry Christmas

Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 19:29

Greetings. We hope you are all in a festive frenzy by now (in a good way) and if not... why not? We have been curating our Christmas inspirations for a while now so we hope you enjoy our visual feast of all that we consider to be stylish and inspirational this Christmas... plus we hope to get you feeling properly Christmasfied by the end of it!

Bring some outside in and take some inside out this season. The natural pared-back look is our favourite. It evokes nostalgia and warmth... just need the added visuals of snow for a full on nordic Christmas vibe now. Here's what has inspired and pleased us in anticipation of Winter and Christmas 2014.

and who wouldn't want a white Christmas?

a Winter Wonderland,

and a festive front of house...

It's now time to...

and tuck up.

surround yourself with whatever makes you chill out

and envelop yourself in all that makes you warm & relaxed

Feeling the Winter magic yet?

and if it does... stay cosy

don't chill out this much...

and keep a snow shovel at hand

We wish you

a very

magical

restful

comfy

&

merry

Christmas indeed

From Adrienne, Nick, Sophie, Darren, Jaimie, Tom, Daniel, James & Ashley, the HC Gardens Team, and all our collective animals, including Blue, who has the chill factor covered...

Peace

The HC Gardens Christmas blog Source Book : Pinterest, Tumblr, Blogspot, houzz, Hendy Curzon Gardens Ltd., Dusky Wondersite, Balenciaga, Lars van de Goor, K flick Studio, Oddity mail, Janya Watanabe, Saroltaban, Paul Raeside, Fulviobonavia, Piero Fornasetti

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Floral Couture for 2015

Monday, December 1, 2014 - 13:32

Giambattista Valli at the Duke Mansion

be original by Hendy Curzon Gardens

Dossier Journal editorial - Hartje Andresen by Elle Muliarchyk

Flower fever has completely gone to our heads in anticipation of next year's gardens and landscapes. Our walls and desktops are covered in imagery for new palettes and inspirations - so we are sharing some of these here with you. Many of the schemes have been installed and the rest will happen over the course of the Winter both in towns and the country.

Rogue or maverick? 'Coco Cola Can' Tulip - image HC Gardens

Tulip installation by Katie Marx Flowers for The School's Maybelle calligraphy class, Melbourne

This beautiful installation by Katie Marx flowers inspired us no end. The simplicity of the green stems and the effect of the one type Tulips that look dip-dyed is very appropriate to the Calligraphy class where it was installed in.

HC Gardens Exterior Design blog

We have been colour-blocking in planting schemes for some years now, but last January and ever since we became obsessed with ombre

Givenchy Couture

This dress has inspired a huge new ombre scheme in the same colours. It will appear in Spring 2015, coming to a landscape near you very soon!

Inspiration ombre - fabric and Papaver King Kong, HC Gardens

Dune from Pinegreenwoods.com

Photographer Midori Chan

Photographer Michael Segal

Revlon, American Vogue 1984

Catwalk Flower carpet at Mary Katrantzou's show, London Fashion week 2011

Jo Malone London 2014

HC Gardens

Soren Udby

Tunnel by Joyful Thailand

Barbie Shanghai by Slade Architecture

It's been a really good year for designing and pushing through new schemes and colour combinations and there has been a great response to this by our clients. We still love and are installing monchromatic schemes and the very classical and favoured Cotswolds cool palettes, but it is exciting to be applying and installing them in different ways.

Hendy Curzon Gardens

Hendy Curzon

Hendy Curzon

Hendy Curzon

Hendy Curzon

Hendy Curzon

MMJ Weddings & Events

Ellie Saab SS14 Show at Paris Haute Couture Fashion week

Proflowers

Tulip by Carl Franklin

Couture dress Alexander McQueen

Tulips by Jane Cumberbatch

French Antique Wedding Co.

Coat of flowers outside Dior Couture, Paris 2014

Modern Prairie Landscape Hendy Curzon Gardens

We are currently uploading the Modern Prairie project to our portfolio. This has been a long project that we are proud to be sharing. 

It's landscape is sculpted and cloaked in native Wild flowers.

The paths are mown like rivers running through the fields and hills of flowers. On it's perimeter, colour-blocked perennial schemes flow off of a natural swimming pool anchor point. We approached the planting design in a painterly way, considering every season for its merits across this landscape.

There is a walled garden of ancient Beech that contains comprehensive perennial schemes. The palette is vividly pinks, purples and white. The mutli-season schemes are contained within an informal parterre grid of clipped Buxus which we designed based on two finger prints. Visit our portfolio to see the project in detail and how it appears in different seasons. We should have the words and images completed this week. The house designed by architect Peter Feeny was featured in Dezeen magazine last month. Link appears at the end of this post.

Cool beginnings

Ombre inspirations - Clouds via Loft Global

Alexander McQueen

New too to our portfolio, Interior Designer Lorranie Chu's townhouse gardens, pictured here is the roof terrace.

Design Quixotic

Norham Gardens, HC 2014

Inspirations around our work place

Alexander McQueen & Damien Hirst scarf collaboration

Norham Gardens, HC 2014

Pakistani Wedding

Ombre Foxgloves in an HC Garden

Inspiration floral couture - Vivienne Westwood by Tim Walker

Firey Iris from an HC Garden

Ellie Saab Fall Winter 2014,

provided our floral couture inspiration for picking a dark dramatic palette for a front of house project...

North End Landscape, HC

Christian Dior Couture Spring 2007

Vintage garden vibes

New Vintage Victorian Florals from Alexander McQueen

Judge's House in November, HC Gardens

Vintage Vogue by Karen Radkai for Anthony Vaccarello

We were pleased with year 1's results at Judge's House. The garden has a very vintage feel and has even appeared as a backdrop to a photoshoot for Dubarry!

Rodney Smith

Saipua Flowers

Beautiful vintage floristry from Saipua - get the link at the end of this blog. They seem to epitomise bringing the outside in. Their flair for combinations is mouth-watering and effortlessly stylish.

Vintage floral couture inspirations - Alexander McQueen

December Hydrangeas taking on a vintage patina

Alexander McQueen - floral couture inspiration

In our office - Frozen Rose inspired by Alexander McQueen!

Floral couture inspiration from Christian Dior 

New Oriental Poppy - still flowering this season! We brought this one inside and loved the pigmentation stains on the petals. A very glamorous flower and an improvement on Perry's White. The big reveal of type will follow next Spring.

Marc Jacobs

Hendy Curzon Gardens

Hendy Curzon Gardens

Makoto Azuma

Rose, HC Gardens

Floral footwear Alexander McQueen

Katie Marx Flowers

Ombre Hydrangea, HC

In the Modern Prairie landscape, HC

Modern Prairie, HC

Alexander McQueen goes prairie!

Vintage Rose, HC

Pink Canyon, Valley of fire State park by Eddie Lluisma

Mulberry by Tim Walker

Peony & Blush Jo Malone London

Zita Elze Flowers

Vintage Hendy Curzon Garden

Victoria Beckham Vintage Country Vogue

Even Posh is getting out in the garden these days and embracing the vintage country vibe... although she looks none-too-chuffed about it!

Next time on the blog : It's Christmas... so let the countdown begin with us by decking your doors and bringing some outside in.

Links

Dezeen feature

Saipua florals

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All about Autumn

Friday, November 7, 2014 - 14:58

It's all Autumnal...

in town, HC Gardens

in the country, HC Gardens

Autumn right now is about keeping on top of clearing down leaves and debris, and planting afresh in preparation for next year. Bulbs, perennials, new shrubs, topiary and trees. It's good to clear the decks ready for Winter.

Here's to a great November then - full of colour and design inspirations.

Autumn Look Book

Andy Goldsworthy Landart

Aurigae from depart

Treecups by Love Milo

Home by Peter McFarlane

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

Cath Schneider

Autumn with colour

Tornado Water feature by William Pye

Architects : Approach Architecture Studio

Anish Kapoor

Andy Goldsworthy

Deadmau5

Autumn heights

Pared-back Autumn

Woodland magic

Andy Goldsworthy Landart

Diphylleia grayi : woodland flowers that turn transparent in the rain

Next time on the blog : the results of our HC Gardens Autumn photo shoots (sneaky peek above). Have a very Autumnal weekend.

All about Autumn Source Book : Hendy Curzon Gardens (leader images), Pinterest, Any Goldsworthy, Deviant Art, Pinterest, Love Milo, Peter McFarlane, Chateau la coste, Houzz, Pinterest, Andy Goldsworthy, Cath Sneider, Hendy Curzon Gardens, William Pye, Archdaily, Approach Architecture Studio, Anish Kapoor, Deadmau5, pinterest, Hendy Curzon Gardens,Island house Finland, google plus, Pinterest, memeguy, HC.

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Nature's treats

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 15:45

It's Halloween so here's our annual spooky blog full of treats from the natural world.

Today's been a scorcher with a mini heat wave across parts of the UK. Cracking weather for the 31st of October.

Spooky cats from around the web today

Chalkboard pumpkin

Halloween inspirations

Pumpkin patch

Wolf in a Birch forest

Fallen leaves

Pumpkin path

The Ghost bat

Fabulous Fruit bats

White Pumpkin & Limelight Hydrangea

Little Vampires

Ghost bat babies also known as False Vampire bats. They don't seem so scary.

Glamorous guordes

White Halloween

From a white wolf on a prairie to an arctic fox...

Inspired by last night's wonderful David Attenborough documentary on BBC : Life story. Catch it on iplayer. Amazing creatures, landscapes, cinematography and narrative.

Rescued wolf and fox friends

Pumpkin head

Spooky houses

Raven Spires, Glasgow, Scotland

Animalia : Henry Horenstein

Hungry Bear 

and are you ready for the scariest of them all... 

...Soup anyone?

Have a great autumnal weekend, with not too many tricks and lots of treats!

Nature's treats Source Book: Martha Stewart, Hendy Curzon Gardens, Watt pad, Pinterest, White Wolfpack, Minimalista, Henry Horenstein, inhabitat, indulgy, gardenista.

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Pure October

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 09:26

Greetings! Say hello and wave goodbye to October then. It's been a great month but gone in a flash. It is positively brilliant that it has been so mild. We have been busy with projects, plus bulb planting season is upon us. We are three quarters a way through 12k bulbs, spread across all of our client's projects from the last 2 years. Some additions and tweaks on 2013 projects and all new bespoke schemes for 2014 garden and landscape installations. This week we thought we would share our October gardens updates being uploaded to our portfolio. All images have been taken over the course of the month. We hope it illustrates the longevity and possibilities of gardens that are designed to be enjoyed all year round. Here we champion October gardens - HC style...

Bespoke front of house 

Harvesting time

Bespoke gardens with personality

Bespoke bridge with black water pools at the Bield

Bringing outside in } from October gardens

Small spaces big ideas } October gardens

Sculpture Parterre garden project under construction this week

North End has some new tricks to reveal next year... we are quite excited about the elements we are about to install.

Vintage October gardens. Judge's House still stopping traffic this month.

Only a few sneaky peeks here of Lyme Cottage... the new kid on the block has a lot of vintage secrets and depths installed to reveal next year too...

Jardin in October

From the Contemporary Country garden & landscape project... sneaky peek from the Kitchen garden today.

October gardens. All of our projects are packed full of bespoke elements that are designed and installed to surprise - every month and season throughout the year.

October gardens by HC

Vintage style October gardens

Bespoke gardens with all the elements covered in house } HC Gardens October

The rain today made up for it's relative absence this month. The chaps on sites all took shelter but pursued as they always do, to ensure our client's gardens are created!

Coming soon... a very Contemporary Country garden, a Rough Luxe Townhouse garden, an Alice in Wonderland front of house installation and lot's more. We hope you'll join us.

Pure October Source Book: All images and Gardens - Hendy Curzon Gardens, Greetings Owl - David Wenham, Frog - Rebloggy.

A tribute to the Team : Darren, Jaimie, Sophie, Daniel, James, Tom & Tom, Ashley

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