BALDRIC'S GARDEN
Baldric (of Black Adder fame) aka. Tony Robinson's garden in Bristol. A Clifton terrace house with a fairly small back garden with quite high walls. Here we have built raised planting beds using the local Brandon Hill grit stone with Pennant flagstone copings. The central paved seating area is also done with Pennant flagstones (basicly these are typically a grey sandstone part of the "Pennant" geological series, they are the flagstones used for pavements in old parts of Bristol and were mainly mined from the Frome valley though nowadays a lot are brought over from Wales). The raised beds have been filled with earth and compost and planted. The wall at the back has been painted with a traditional pigmented limewash paint; made by mixing rock lime, tallow and boiling water then adding the pigment (in this case yellow ochre).

 

MASSIVE ATTACK GARDEN
Rob del Naja aka 3D's garden is tucked round the back of a fairly normal looking Bristol house. You wouldn't know that Rob is living there, in fact he isn't, he's moved on to a new place but I think he still keeps the old place on. When I find the pictures I'll post them up. The job involved laying a reclaimed flagstone terrace and creating a fountain with a pool opposite the living room window. The pool is situated in a raised bed built out of local stone with a "tobacco bond" brick on edge coping. Behind the deep rectangular pool is a Zen like rock formation from which a fountain of water falls into the pool. We spent quite a lot of time adjusting the sound the water makes when it enters the pool. Behind the rock formation is a magnolia tree and various plants poke their noses round the rocks at different times of the year. There are lillies, goldfish, snails and all sorts of wildlife in the pond.

 

LED ZEPPELIN GARDEN
John Bonham, Led Zeppelin's drummer used to live at Frog pool farm where he built a recording studio. I think it's owned by one of EMI records executive directors now. Anyway, we did a pretty extensive landscaping job there, terracing the gardens overlooking the lake. This involved building natural stone retaining walls and steps at different levels and laying flagstone paths and paved areas adjacent to the house. I particularly liked these rustic stone steps built in the local Mendip stone, there are two huge weathered stones on each side of the portal; we had to hunt for local stone when it ran out.

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