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Paintwork-Enhanced Planting.

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I wanted to share these photos with you. This is my school and facebook friend Matthew’s and his wife Terri’s garden in Cheshire.

I love the way he has enhanced the colours of the plants both in his, and his neighbour’s garden using very pretty paint colours. And continued it as a scheme for the whole garden.

I liked it so much, I asked his permission to share it with you and he wasn’t sure it was good enough. I’m sure you’ll agree its well worth sharing!

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Yes I like what they have done in the garden, most attractive....

4 Nov, 2015

 

Lovely :)

4 Nov, 2015

 

Chelsea eat your heart out....very imaginative and effective.

4 Nov, 2015

 

Lovely colours, and very artistic :)

4 Nov, 2015

 

Lovely flagstones!

4 Nov, 2015

 

Oh yes, this looks so attractive and it has been beautifully done.

4 Nov, 2015

 

Very stylish, neat and tidy, like a show piece.

5 Nov, 2015

 

Do like the duo toned paint effect,Karen.....most effective.

5 Nov, 2015

 

Gosh yes it looks really good, I like the two toned shed and so effective with the huge shrub just below the shed, cannot make out whether its in his garden or next door, is it a Smoke Bush, cannot think of its latin name...

5 Nov, 2015

 

Yes LL, do you mean the beautiful purple (I think its a purple Berberis maybe) just above and beside the shed? I reckon its next doors. But thats just what I thought too...a really nifty trick for bringing 'borrowed' plants into the garden.

5 Nov, 2015

 

A lot of thought has gone into that,Karen..it's lovely,and very tasteful..I love the painted Trellis,and choice of colours..beautiful :o)

5 Nov, 2015

 

The passion flower is so elegant and even more so with the white trellis background - and then the white shrub - what is it ? - against the purple trellis - yes definitely compliments to the gardener - have a lovely day - Jane

5 Nov, 2015

 

I'm guessing Jane, but I think it might be Clematis montana 'Grandiflora'. When I zoom in it loses focus. Perhaps Matthew will let us know.

5 Nov, 2015

 

Very pretty garden the colours make it look so peaceful .

6 Nov, 2015

 

Very pretty, nice colour combinations.
The flagstone pattern is the same as we have in our lounge.

6 Nov, 2015

 

Like everyone, I love the colour scheme Karen, the plum and white is so unusual and yet will be a great foil for many colours in his planting, I bet Californian poppies would be fab! The hard paving is very attractive too, just what I would like here.....

6 Nov, 2015

 

Added to favourites, love it so much! (nice thinking, Janey . . . )

7 Nov, 2015

 

Ok, you've made me sign up. Thanks for all the lovely comments. Quite overwhelming really.
We disliked the concrete posts between our fence panels, which are so high to hide what is an overgrown wilderness next door (you should see it further down the garden!!). But you have to work with what you've got if you can't afford to change things drastically.
So we decided to make them prettier - there's such a wide range of masonry and outdoor wood paints these days. The combination we chose also complements so many plants it made plant choice that much easier. From left to right against the trellis there is 1) a white flowering jasmine, against a purple trellis, 2) Clematis Montana Barolo (purple flower against the light coloured trellis), 3) Climbing Hydrangea, 4) Passionflower, and 5) (well spotted Karen) Clematis Montana Grandiflora. Amongst these plants are lavender, campanula and a nice pink and cream fuschia.
The light paint on the trellis and shed is called "clay" on the tin. It has a lovely, chalky lime effect.

The next section of the garden is a work in progress. It's all newly planted this year after we had the Indian stone laid.

Again, thanks for the compliments and I look forward to exploring the other gardens on the blog.

8 Nov, 2015

 

Welcome to GoY Matthew! And many thanks for all the detail. I would love to copy your use of "clay" coloured paint, IF my OH agrees, and if I can track it down. All our appreciative comments are well-deserved :)

8 Nov, 2015

 

Hi Matthew & welcome to GOY.
Love your choice of colours & imaginative ideas. I'll look forward to seeing your garden on your page.

8 Nov, 2015

 

Welcome Matthew! Everyone, Matthew and I used to sit beside one another and play flute in the school orchestra! And now.....34 years later plus, we are both gardening on GOY! How about that?! What a great connection! :))

8 Nov, 2015

 

Do both still play?

8 Nov, 2015

 

Well I certainly don't Stera! My embouchure is shot! I'd be struggling to get a sound out of it! Lol! What about you? Do you play an instrument? Sometimes I get the urge to pick up My son's guitar...but I remember how painful it was when I took up guitar the last time, and that puts me right off...which is just as well because If I started playing musical instruments again....well...lets just say I don't have time. I'm still trying to find space in the day to get painting again.

8 Nov, 2015

 

Lovely story Karen. Life changes, and different interests take up our time . . . we don't play (piano/violin) any more, but love listening to music every day, mostly classical. Younger son played drums and taught guitar for a while; now I'm reading Mike Oldfield's (Tubular Bells?!) autobiography - fascinating.

9 Nov, 2015

 

Oh! That was an obsession of mine when I was about 16. I still love that record!

9 Nov, 2015

 

No Karen, I don't play - had a go at guitar in the 70s and took piano lessons for a while but stick to singing these days. Our younger son (the one who was killed) was a drum teacher and his older brother is a keen trumpet player. You can get your embouchure back again if you want to - Michael got his back after a break of about 20 years, so no excuses!

9 Nov, 2015

 

Ok, no more excuses. Its just not going to happen :)

9 Nov, 2015

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