Let's dance !
Let’s dance !
When Ann & I started  ‘Growing Trends’ the web site, blog and radio show, we weren’t sure how to engage all of you. It seems a little wit, the odd anecdote and should I say a touch of knowledge has helped us enormously.

In a very short time we have built an audience of readers, listeners and fellow Horticulturists, they have come from :-

United States, Canada, Venezuela, Argentina, Columbia, Germany ,United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, Denmark, Romania, France, Netherlands, Jamaica,Barbados, Egypt, New Zealand, Australia, Malaysia, Japan, India,  Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Republic of Korea,

We are just stunned…  thank you all so much. Please if you have time send us a picture of your favourite space, garden or landscape with a few notes, we would love to hear from you.

Today, as we have a holiday weekend here in the USA, it seems that our blog should be a little in this spirit, so I’m going to try and find a bunch of pictures of projects we’ve completed along with pictures of unusual items used in the urban landscape that perhaps some have not seen before.. hope you enjoy them..

So let’s start with a really big tree being  moved, it was one of many on this site, weighing some 600 tons and approximately 60ft tall!

Really it's that large !

One of my favorites a flower clock in Geneva, Switzerland.

Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva, Switzerland

This one was ‘snapped’ in Amsterdam, it’s an old cannon, now serving as a vehicle bollard !

An old cannon being used as a bollard

The next is fairly common – creating a bubble fountain using an old natural millstone wheel.

Original granite millstone fountain
Original granite millstone fountain

This method completely softens a brick pier and makes it look ageless – we used a single canted brick on each corner, and added a double layer of tiles ‘Creasing Tile’ before the soldier course, the resultant ‘shadow line creates interest and helps the wall to ‘weather’ much better.

Brick Pier with creasing tile
Brick Pier with creasing tile

This one is much harder to do, it’s a circular patio of natural setts – they tend to be slightly different sizes. When laid like this, in a circular pattern creates a feeling of movement and space, in what is a fairly small area.

Small setts laid in a radiating pattern
Small setts laid in a radiating pattern

When you have a natural random wall it is always hard to create a ‘finish’   , we solved this by bonding a brick coping to match the drive brick edge.

Brick Coping Course
Brick Coping Course

What is really interesting is, if you look really carefully you can see the brick coping running into the driveway as the wall ends, this looked so good, the red tarmac ( which is quite expensive) helps with the overall effect.

Driveway
Driveway

Many years ago, we needed to find away to create ‘Raised planters’ on a roof that were exceedingly light weight, contained and yet attractive. We think we succeeded with these specially made by us artificial rock faced grp planters. – we won an award for the project , which was fun !

Artificial Rocks
Artificial Rocks

Some 30 years ago we started building gravity walls with ‘TimberGrid’ , then we thought let’s add some plants, it worked great..!

Treated Structural Green Wall
Treated Structural Green Wall

It wasn’t long before they started to ‘Grow’ well you know if you try hard enough it becomes a ‘Trend ‘

Tall timber gravity wall
Tall timber gravity wall

Sometimes it’s fun to experiment, so here we came up with a ‘curved’  wall

Creating movement
Creating movement

Finally a simple picture on a very clear day !

Looking Up
                       Looking Up

Hope  you have enjoyed,  do drop us a line

or visit our website at www.grotrends.com

or listen to our internet radio show  Growing Trends

Ann & Chris

 

 

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