MOST gardeners would view the loss of a mature cherry tree as a disaster.
But for Andrew Lindley, having to remove a specimen which paid its dues in blossom and fruit has provided an opportunity to develop new areas of the garden.
Andrew, bar manager at the Greyhound pub, shares his home and garden with Paul Taylor whose creative talents see him much in demand as costume and dress designer and maker.
Paul has just finished work on a satin wedding gown and bridesmaids dresses in navy for one client and is busy making a monster chef’s hat for a cuddly creature costume for a new shop launch.
The two combine their eye for design in a garden which offers a challenge linking Andrew’s desire for creating flowing shapes and Paul’s fastidious neat and tidy approach.
Those differing views have actually proved a winning combination in the shaping of a lush, flowing garden on a steeply sloping side but one with plenty of detail.
The difficult plot has been worked to perfection with subtle terracing and soft planting offering movement and structure.
Andrew uses water and his favourite sedges and grasses to perfection. The largely gentle colour palate is given a few hot spots of dashing colour but the overall effect remains soothing and harmonious.
There are boxes, baths and feeders to encourage bird life, log piles to attract beetles and plenty of well placed pots and statuary to punctuate the landscape and make the humans feel at home.