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23 minutes ago, Yorkshire Brummie said:


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I always wondered what people thought when they first came across coconuts.

 

A bit of common gorse is always in flower somewhere.

 

Broom is lovely in flower but seems to just up and die for no discernible reason

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I always wondered what people thought when they first came across coconuts.
 
A bit of common gorse is always in flower somewhere.
 
Broom is lovely in flower but seems to just up and die for no discernible reason

I agree, I have seen a number of Spanish brooms in domestic gardens over the years split then turn their toes up for no apparent reason!
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21 hours ago, Yorkshire Brummie said:


I agree, I have seen a number of Spanish brooms in domestic gardens over the years split then turn their toes up for no apparent reason!

Brexit.

 

On a more serious note. Is it part of a formal landscape, is it more a 'natural' landscape. What are the conditions; soil, aspect, elevation, topography, rainfall, exposure etc. What is the landscape character. How tall does the screening and windbreak need to be. Once you have all the information you can come up with a suitable design to achieve your clients ideas and a palette of plants to suggest and discuss with your client. At present the design looks disconnected with the wider landscape, and the species proposed by the client do not help.

 

There are quite a few good books to help, eg The Planting Design Handbook.

 

 

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41 minutes ago, EdwardC said:

.... Is it part of a formal landscape, is it more a 'natural' landscape. .... At present the design looks disconnected with the wider landscape, and the species proposed by the client do not help

 

It is currently a 'natural' landscape and is likely to remain that way. The clients ideas felt very disconnected..

I am going to steer towards a block of trees/spinney to act as the screen from the footpath and for the wind break screen I am going to push for a willow fedge, possibly incorporating changing rooms also made out willow.. 

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Even if they look a bit exotic it doesn’t make it a bad choice in design? If it’s around a lake with a bathing spot etc, probably going to used mainly in summer so the likes of bamboo and laurel could be a welcome exotic addition?

We always sneak into the old chalk pit lakes in summer and the main point of them is that they make you feel you are somewhere other than England

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23 hours ago, EdwardC said:

There are quite a few good books to help, eg The Planting Design Handbook.

Good tip - I haven't read it and must do - may help me have more of a clue when people ask 'what would you do with it?' Copeability Braun

 

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On 09/02/2019 at 13:24, benedmonds said:

It is currently a 'natural' landscape and is likely to remain that way. The clients ideas felt very disconnected..

I am going to steer towards a block of trees/spinney to act as the screen from the footpath and for the wind break screen I am going to push for a willow fedge, possibly incorporating changing rooms also made out willow.. 

Willow is a good idea. Versatile.

 

I hope this doesn't sound too far off, but - would the owners be interested in a barrel design "natural" sauna attached to the changing rooms - amidst the willow?

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