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Eddie J


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Is it worth having a garden professionally designed?

Posted: 24/03/2013 at 19:25

Why the flaming? It seems a fair and reasonable question to me, irrelevant of the OP career choice. Also from looking at his website, I can't imagine that he would need to come on here and tout for work.

 

Before changing career some 20 odd years ago, I worked professionally as a contractor for several different well known and not so well known landscape designers, and sadly one theme was common amongst all of them, repetition of design. The one designer that has always inspired me though, is Diamuid Gavin. He is not afraid to think outside of the box, and I love his use of concrete, which is in itself a very underrated and under used product in landscape design.

 

Many people have absolutely no vision of what they want in respect of garden design and do need guidance, which is where the services of a designer should be engaged, but sadly more often than not, the designer does not listen to the clients needs. The majority of garden designers are also absolutely clueless about scale. Anything can be put down on paper, but taking it from the paper stage and into 3D reality is more often than not just a joke.

One other aspect about designers is that many are good at certain elements, but fall short on other elements. One may be good at hard landscaping schemes but will not be good at soft landscaping schemes, lighting etc. It is quite rare to find a designer that is good at all aspects. The sad thing about this is that the designer is always too blinkered to see/accept it.

 

Personally I wouldn't dream of paying someone to design a garden for me, but that is simply because I can do my own without issue, and find both design and construction easy.

 

 

types of pots

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 22:12
jon cob wrote (see)

what types of pots do you use . plastic ,clay or other.

I tend just to buy cheap clay pots and then do things such as this to them.

 

http://imageshack.us/a/img801/1882/sam0980r.jpg

  Sadly I broke the original pots that were intended for this, and the fit of the replacement pots is not that great.
http://imageshack.us/a/img69/9885/dscf9033i.jpg


 

Some pics of my before and after garden

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 22:01

One word....

 

WOW!!

There isn't one element of your garden that I don't like.

 

Work in Progress

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 21:43

And here is a different pespective.

http://imageshack.us/a/img12/2734/p1120998.jpg

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http://imageshack.us/a/img812/3584/u13z.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img812/6091/61785810.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img215/9776/u12ke.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img546/5849/p1120987d.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img254/89/29724771.jpg

 

 

 

Work in Progress

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 21:23

Thanks Gardening Grandma.

We have had a meeting in respect of joining the NGS, and hope to develop the idea at some stage. Sadly though it probably won't be for another year or so yet, as there are still hard landscaping jobs that need to be carried out in respect of safety etc.

It is always good to have a goal to aim for though.

 

Here is another aspect of the garden that I hadn't previously shown.

http://imageshack.us/a/img708/9715/p1120752l.jpg

 

Work in Progress

Posted: 09/02/2013 at 19:47

Many thanks for the positive comments.

I haven't really completed much of late, but here is quick update of further items that I have made for the garden.

http://imageshack.us/a/img69/9885/dscf9033i.jpg

 

http://imageshack.us/a/img534/2889/dscf9041j.jpg

 

A simple bench, although I have plans to make this into a sea horse.

http://imageshack.us/a/img269/5306/seat1h.jpg

 

Finally this not so nice item which I made for Halloween.

http://imageshack.us/a/img10/5710/fourbf.jpg

 

As said previously, my main project for this year will be to construct a brick built wood fired pizza/bread oven, but the weather is not currently inspiring me to get started. 

 

 

 

Christmas Greetings

Posted: 23/12/2012 at 17:48

Bah humbug!

 

http://imageshack.us/a/img145/6168/dscf9257pp.jpg

 

Only joking...

 

Happy Xmas to one and all.

http://imageshack.us/a/img812/6091/61785810.jpg

 

Fork Handles

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 19:48
carolinesmith wrote (see)

Yes Eddie - would love to see your photos.

Don't forget that you have been warned.

I have so far put approx 20hrs of work into this, 8-10hrs of which were spent on the warriors hair alone with still more work  to do. I drilled approx 500 holes into the scalp and inserted hair into each hole.

The first photo shows the head of a hairdressers training head before receiving my own treatment, and the second shows it during transformation!

http://imageshack.us/a/img189/1713/onehl.jpg

http://imageshack.us/a/img24/6521/dscf8860m.jpg

 


 

Fork Handles

Posted: 24/10/2012 at 18:58
carolinesmith wrote (see)

Evening all,  I have a good excuse for being late Sir - I've been to school today!! Had a great time helping a Year 4/5 class prepare for their Halloween party tomorrow.  Made paper origami boxes for the peppermint creams they'd made, decorated the class with cobwebs, spiders, witches hats and, the best bit, carved faces in 2 big pumpkins (and did it all voluntarily).  Am pretty tired now  but had fun.

 Would you like to see my effort for Halloween? It isn't for the feint hearted, so if you do, I'll add the photos as a link rather than directly onto the forum.

Work in Progress

Posted: 19/10/2012 at 08:44

Thanks Lupin2

I'm an oak framer by trade, but dabbling with wood is also a hobby to me, and pretty much everything that I make is created using discarded or found wood.

I should have added that the little mice were carved as a kind of prototype for much larger chainsaw carved versions.

We have also now started to have a local primary school bring their students to the garden to sketch the sculptures. Whilst I'm creating the garden, my sole intention is that it should be enjoyed by all, and especially by children. I hope that when it is finished, I would have also managed to make it have a majical feel about it. With this in mind, I want to create a story telling area and also involve my daughter, by getting her to write a themed book/story.

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