WATERFEATURES...WHAT'S NEW...

ALL THINGS BRIGHT and BEAUTIFUL. Natural projects (Landscaping: Wildlife Ponds-Streams-Bogs-Naturalistic Planting) I've done all over the country + HORRORS (Natural Nightmares) we've put right...

Naturalistic Projects...Chaper TWO. Renovations+New Projects+Aquatic and Bog Planting+


How natural is that! Maintained natural of course...to a point you leave it to do it's own natural thing, but every winter it has to be sorted out.

Next I'll show you what it looked like newly built and planted, before I do, the difference is only three years, and that's because of the plants that I use, not the puny types you find in Aquatic Centres, but fat healthy plants that I use for Chelsea and other Shows. Plants that are several years old and already flowering from specialist growers, as well as my own homegrown supply...



Here's the initial digging. All done by hand as the levels that we need to create the natural environments are much to subtle to dig out with a digger...



Wow...how natural is that, just look at the way they have disguised the edges with really natural brick shape natural stone...



So that's what we inherited, rip it out, as we have to do in so many cases and start again. Above the same stream, redug, relined and very, very natural...



We also do "lively" natural too, again masses of attention to detail even down to the smallest pebble!



Each planting area in my streams is planned in meticulous detail too, above you can see the planting areas marked out with sand on the stream bed. The narrow point is where the water will be forced between two beds adding even more natural interest through water movement...



Here's a shallow wildlife beach area with deeper water in the distance...









So back to the stream, and again you can see the attention to detail that makes a feature naturally believable...down to the smallest pebble...



And here's the pond again, with Lawrence positioning the final plants, and in the next chapter a reminder of how the beds to the right and left of him performed in a very short space of time...