City Twitchers’ Garden

Hampton Court City Twitchers

The post inspired by this week’s photo challenge (circle) has been hatching for some time – since July’s RHS Hampton Court Flower Show to be precise!

When I first saw the garden, the snug dimensions of the globe wicker structure puzzled me until I realised it was a bird hide, woven by willow sculptor Carole Beavis. I must have been experiencing sensory overload at the time (Hampton Court can be like that) or you would have thought the bird houses on the walls, the log pile to attract insects and the wildlife-friendly flowers might have been a clue that this is an urban bird watchers’ garden. Even the cushion covers inside the hide have birds on them! 

Living Landscapes City Twitchers

Circles are a motif throughout the garden, transforming the small, angular plot into something much more organic. You can see the circular paved areas, the sphere shaped hide and the rounded pool from the pictures. Out of shot, the garden hardscaping also included a circular rill, a patio area and a semi-circular raised bed (take a look at the plan and find out more on the Living Landscapes website).

I love a chamomile lawn for its scent and feathery texture. This one was mixed with sedum which I would have thought might have been a little more delicate, but I suppose a Hampton Court garden doesn’t see much footfall.

The flowers in the largely white planting scheme continued the theme with globe shaped alliums and round lily pads, the almost circular roses, campanulas, and the weighty hydrangeas but it was the linear white foxgloves snaking around under the tree that drew my eye.

Living Landscapes’ City Twitcher Garden was designed by Sarah Keyser of CouCou Design and won a silver gilt award in the Summer Garden category.

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