It was 5 years ago today that @ajnlandscapes and I launched our businesses at the 2013 RHS Cardiff Flower Show with our ‘upcycle’ show garden, built entirely out of pallets and scrap wood. We were fresh out of University, totally naive, blindly optimistic and completely oblivious to the enormity of the challenge that was building a show garden. We had a minuscule budget but a whole load of enthusiasm and an army of friends and family who gave up weeks of their spare time to help us sand, paint, saw and plant!
The night before this photo was taken we had stayed as late as we could at the show ground, working as fast as we could in the torchlight to get the garden finished. We carried on working on the finishing touches when we got home, working all night with the chop saw running in the kitchen of our tiny terraced house! The morning of judging we were at the gates before they opened, running on coffee and no sleep. We scrambled around frantically putting the finishing touches for the garden together, while @jasoningram waited patiently to take his photos for the RHS website.
A few hours later feeling jittery from coffee and nerves, @jamesasinclair approached us with the judges decision. ‘Congratulations’ he said- ‘Gold’! The conversation was longer than that I’m sure, but they are the only bits I remember!
The show passed by in blur of Pimms, sunburn and smiling so much my face hurt.
We got a few clients that year, a few more the year after and even more the year after that, and our business is continuing to grow and evolve.
I will be forever grateful to @the_rhs for taking a chance on us and to our friends who helped us to take that first leap into this crazy world of business and gardens and I’m very excited to see where the next 5 years takes us!
Our Verona Sofa has been shortlisted for RHS Chelsea Garden Product of the Year 2018!
Inspired by the breath-taking Italian landscape and the latest trend of mixed materials, the Verona Sofa is part of the incredible Verona lounging collection. Designed by one of our in-house product designers, this sofa encompasses our ethos of quality, style and comfort, all in one beautiful piece.
The @rhsharlowcarr gardens on the edge of Harrogate are so beautiful to visit at anytime of the year so be sure to include it in your itinerary 💐🌸🏵🌹
Photo by @harrogatemama 👌👌
Every time I do my summer pots, I get all excited - then remember how needy and selfish and ME ME ME they are. Endless daily watering and slug/snail fighting, weekly feeding and deadheading, plus the PANIC when you are away/it's hot. It's housework but outdoors, right? #gardening#summerpots#rhs#dianthus#pelargonium#windowboxes
Bloomin’ mad, I tell ya! 🌺🌼🌸 Spent the other day @rhswisley aka one of my happy places, and it was filled to the brim with springtime blooms. However, when I was there less than a month ago, it definitely did not look quite so colorful. In less than a month from now it will yet again look completely different (heck, in a week even!). As with the garden, as with life. We enjoy what’s currently come to life, while still tending to the seeds we’ve sown until it’s their time to blossom, and continuing to plant new seeds for days to come. It’s an everlasting lesson in being here now for it will all soon change, and a reminder of what beauty that change can bring 🌞🍃💐💗