Garden Design

The Pergola

The pergola in our garden. When we moved into our house we were surrounded by small grape vines. We decided to keep some of the vines, so we constructed a pergola and through the year it grew into a beautiful green tunnel. We have also incorporated fragrant climbing rose and passion flowers which add colour.

Tommy’s Garden Bench


This is one of Tommy’s favourite spots in the garden.

Many years ago we built a hill at the far end of the garden.  For a long time it was just a hill and then we decided to plant a mulberry tree which has now grown into a beautiful tree with the branches giving a canapy of cool shade and distant views across the vineyard, and hills beyond.  So of course seating was needed and here it is, the round bench.

Osborne House Potting Shed

Osborne House Potting Shed
Osborne House Potting Shed


I came across this lovely building (The Potting Shed) in the walled gardens of Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.

Osborne House, the late Queen Victoria’s Summer Retreat is a beautiful house to visit and the gardens are magnificent.  Also at the far end of the gardens is  the Swiss Chalet which was built for Victoria and Albert’s children, which I found very fascinating especially the little collections of fossils and natural history artefacts collected by Albert.