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Emerald city

Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 11:47

Happy Christmas Eve from all the HC Gardens team! At this point are you tucked up and all set? Are you running around like a headless chicken or are you in travel mode heading out to spend the holiday with your loved ones? Wherever you are at we hope you have a great holiday. A white Christmas seems to be on the cards  here in the UK so with that in mind we have gone for some green relief with our design inspirations and collections this week. Welcome to Emerald city...

Step this way...

Have a very merry Christmas and remember to eat your greens!

Emerald city Source Book: Anna garforth Moss graffiti artist, Kew gardens, Viktor Lyagushkin, Hendy Curzon Gardens, Pinterest, H & M, Indulgy, Welbeck, Tapiture, We heart, Chateau de sceaux, Christian Tortu, Mokimoss, Tanzania Conservation, Tumblr, Emerald Feather, BBC, Desiderata, Silpada Designs, Sarah Illenberger, Decorative branches, My fridgie, Heinz Maier, South Lounge, Telegraph, Love love chu chu, Mark Hall, Barbara Scerbo, Christopher Bentley, Deviant Art, Nachobillyanna, Okana Yasushi.

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The pared-down picture

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 20:05

 The Winter looks of the gardens, landscapes and front of house projects that we create are as important to us as during the other three seasons. We believe that the appearance of them in Winter (when we need cheering most) is integral to their success, so we have this in mind from the outset of designing. If you follow this blog then you'll know how much we embrace the seasons from year to year and focus on maximising the individual appeals of each.

In celebration of these pared-down looks of Winter here is the first of our Winter Look books. Think of it as our little treasury of what currently inspires us and delights us - and what informs our choices on the elements and materials to apply to the projects we are working on this December. It's the season to be surrounded by lovely natural things so let the festivities begin.

mix, match, blend and balance outside with in

inside out

The Cabbage Chair by Nendo

Just peel back its layers to suit you...

it's cold outside...

so cosy up

and go get yourself some outside in 

and do it in style!

We couldn't quite squeeze in our second blog last month as planned but that's in the past now and we hope to pack in a few more posts here this side of Christmas instead. Well, that's the plan...

The pared-down picture Source Book: Myoung Ho Lee, Cox & Cox, Ma MaisonBlanche, Kodu hun, Pinterest, Nendo, Hendy Curzon Gardens, Nautica, Houzz, Lily and Parker, Indulgy, Living etc., Keaton Row, Reddit, Tine K Home, Channel, White bread by Chris Martin, Horse by Miriam Sweeney, Saatchi online, Formelle Design, House and hold, The Night Circus, Grimsuotn, National Geographic, Alien Blue for IPad, Urs P Twellmann, Galerie Intuiti, Style Hound, Urban Beings, James Walker Studios, The Upcycled Market, Orange Daisies, Julkrans, Wabisabi Style.

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Monday, November 18, 2013 - 20:35

With Autumn lasting so long this year, the leaves have held on and given us a breathtaking show - both fallen and hanging on for dear life! Even at dusk gardens and landscapes seem to glow. It's been a treat. This week we are looking at copper outside. We predicted it here 2 years ago, and with the rising enthusiasm to apply copper to interiors, alongside it comes the same trend emerging in gardens and landscapes. Bang on.

Copper is a favourite here and always has been. For me this comes from memories of my mum's collection of copper pans in the kitchen and her monthly ritual of polishing them up. This was magical - newspapers set out on the kitchen table on a Sunday then the pans were pulled from their rack and placed upside down ready for much polishing to commence. The process of this was all about patience and belief. The first time I tried I was not a believer. I buffed away at this dreary looking pan and could not fathom how it could ever glow and sparkle again. At the point of admitting defeat I was told that this is when I had to pursue. Unimpressed, I plodded on and then it did happen. The copper began to beam, and the more I buffed the brighter it shone. 

Now I appreciate the beauty of copper in all its stages. It appeals that it fades from such vibrancy and takes on a whole different charm in its more muted phases or left to pass over to verdigris. And it is ever changing. That is beautiful in the context of a garden or landscape throughout the seasons. 

So on that note we present you with a visual feast of copper in the form of material & tone. The application of copper to a scheme has to be balanced just right. Rusted coppery tones that change with light can be introduced in the landscaping with materials, the greenscaping with planting palettes and at the styling and setting stage of a scheme with gorgeous lights, planters and so on. It's Copper time...

nova: ' a star showing a sudden large increase in brightness and then slowly returning to its original state over a few months.' We can all appreciate the qualities of 'that which fades' and afterall, isn't that what Autumn is all about? Autumn 2013 has shone very bright indeed.

It's about to get very festive around here. We refuse however to unleash our enthusiasm for Christmas on you until at least the 1st of December (only 36 days and 4 hours to go by the way...) and so have one more very Autumnal blog here in November. 

The Coppernova Source Book came from us, indulgy, Etsy, house to home, Geum, apartment therapy squishinfips, Archibold, JustineBlakenley, Harbitual bliss, PXL shots, Luxe finds, Cooper Hewitt, Williams Sonoma, Topleft Pixel, Amazon, Modern Hepburn, Nest Candy, Shop Terrain, Garden and Gun, Tom Dixon, Snippet and ink, Brightnest, Google unknown and Pinterest. 

by Adrienne & The HC Gardens Team

This Blog pays tribute to Helena

HC Gardens 2011 Copper Blog  /   Copper Trend

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The Dark Knight Returns

Thursday, October 31, 2013 - 08:27

When we first started this blog a couple of years ago we did our first Halloween blog all about bats. Last year we did the Pulp Fiction blog for the 31st, (click on the highlighted text for the links). This year for the last day of October and in the spirit of Halloween we bring you some (we think) stonking images of bats: those unsung heroes of the garden and a few stunners from around the globe.

Bumblebee Bat!

We admit that we have opted for bats from the cuter end of the spectrum here, and there are some real shocking looking creatures out there... but this is not the place for shocks. Well okay, as it's Halloween maybe just a little bit of spook...

And if you saw this flying past you...?

The Fox Bat. Amazing!

Please visit the Bat Conservation Trusts UK & International in the links below and see how we can all help to protect these amazing and important creatures.

Happy Halloween!

Images via Pinterest, HC Gardens and The Bat Conservation Trust. Important Links: (click on the icon)

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Colour me Autumn

Thursday, December 5, 2013 - 11:41

and then it was October... that came around quick. To kick off the toasty season we have brought you our round up of Autumn palettes. 'Tis the season for bringing outside in and, by way of light and fire, living inside out. As you may have noticed, there is a lot of Autumnal love around here so we have taken our inspirations from nature itself. Starting with Mr Fox we see Autumn by colour, but not just in orange and burnt umber. We have brought together palettes here of deep, dark charcoals and the darkest inky blues.  They stand alongside crisp as cotton whites, terracotta and woodland hues. (Images: 'The fox' via CNN, 'Seed Burst' & 'Sea holly on Downpipe' by Leonarda Designs and us.' White munchkins' from Pinterest. 'A is for Autumn' by us)

Let's open our doors on to a season of substantial style and colour.

image via this is colossal

Summer Falls palette

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Natural Sciences

Wanas Sculpture Park, Sweden

Okavango River

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Golden hues palette

Raimonds Circulis for Moffam Freeform

Toronto Wedding

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Playwrite's Barn HC Gardens


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The ultimate inside out & outside in house by Marcio Kogan

Rusted shades palette

Painted leaves by Elena Nuez

Pencil sculpture by Jessica Drenk

image via Pinterest

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Sodermanland, Sweden

Very well red palette

Golf Club Hostivar, Czech Republic

Lakewood Garden mausoleum by Paul Crosby

Sculpture, HC Gardens

'whatami' by stARTT at the MAXXI museum, Rome

Teaser of HC Garden, name TBD

Coral tones palette

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Pottery Barn

Urban Farmchic

Ochre cast palette

Fading umber palette

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Outside in installation, real Dandelions by Regine Ramseier

Wipe the slate palette


Nest by Sophie Truong

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Enjoy the season, and stay toasty...

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