Ighten - lovely to have an update - I was wondering what you'd been up to , although I knew you'd be hard at it!
I have kitchen envy too - it reminds me of the lovely kitchen I left to come here to a tiny one again. Love the stonework inside, mixed with a contemporary look - I think that's a the best way to renovate old properties. If you do it right it looks tremendous. You must be thrilled with it all, and rightly so
LilyP - Hacken's a deciduous grass and lovely by a pond in particular. I got one last year for this new garden (along with Spartina) as it's a favourite of mine. Verdun grows it as well and we're trying to spread the word! They take a couple of years to get to full size - those ones are about 2'/3' spread I'd guess, and about 2' high or so.
That wall is stunning as a backdrop to your lovely Lutyens bench. Willow herb - don't get me started on that!