The first two months of the new year are always spent hunkering down, enjoying cosy times with friends and family and preparing for the arrival Spring which is a massively busy time for us. And that’s exactly what Deakinlock have been doing throughout January and February with a few trips to London thrown in to an otherwise quiet time in Norfolk and Suffolk.
The awards season gets under way in January so it was off to London’s Landmark Hotel for the 2016 SGD Awards and with two nominations for our Gothic Rectory Garden near Bury St Edmunds in Suffolk, it was a great evening. Good to catch up with friends and reflect on achievements in 2015.
An exciting development for us was celebrated by another trip to the capital, this time to the impressive Milbank Tower, to celebrate ours and others partnership with Perennial. For those of you unfamiliar with Perennial, it’s the only UK charity that supports all those who working in or are retired from horticulture. A great evening, good company, impressive views and a very worthy cause. To find out more have a look at www.perennial.org.uk.
The end of February saw us visiting one of Europe’s best nurseries; located in Northern Germany. We were selecting trees for a few projects and needed to pick out the very best. It was a packed day of touring the magnificent tree fields and getting extremely excited about the amazing range of species and sizes on offer. The trees in Germany are fully transplanted multiple times during their growing period; this means that every three or four years the trees are carefully dug up, moved and replanted. This process controls the root development, encouraging the tree to form a network of finer roots that will allow it to be moved and replanted with much greater success when the time comes for it to be found its real home. Our hosts were extremely generous and we ended our tour at a wonderful, traditional North German restaurant which specialises in smoked eel. The eel was delicious but after four extremely large courses of food the flight home was a little on the uncomfortable side. Never mind, all in a days work.
So now March is under way, the days are lengthening and there is a palpable sense of Spring in the air. We are looking ahead to a busy year for Deakinlock and we’ll keep you update through the blog about all our forthcoming projects, news and general musings on design, gardens, and what keeps us inspired.