Friday, 16 February 2018

Aliums And Lavender: Modern Country Garden Companions

I've just come back from the perfect late winter's walk - crisp but with more than a hint of Spring in the air! - and I was, again, reminded how completely scrumptiously exciting this time of year is garden-wise. What better opportunity could there beto share another of my favourite Modern Country Garden planting companions. And today's star turn is the Megan Markle and Rince Harry of any Modern Country Garden: alliums and lavender. 

Marlow Country Garden - thumbnail

The glamorous, firecracker nature of the aliums sets off the soft, country timlessness of the lavender.

allium

Can you see that aliums show off lavender so completely perfectly: in colour, in form and in height: just feast your eyes on these fabulous examples!

alliums and lavender - a great combination for both structure and support over the long summer season right through to winter. Under plant lavender with alliums, or try tulips instead...:

I'm particularly jiggly this year because we've come to the end of the back-breaking digging out of our own garden. Can you feel my relief? I hope it's almost tangible through your screen! It's been unbelievably hard work - hundreds of years of concrete and large stones - and we've done it ourselves in order to save money to put into a new kitchen!

Alium and Lavanda centrepiece in wooden crates

Which means it's VERY nearly time to bring in the top soil, bring in the grass and then...to get planting!! 
Can I get a MASSIVE Hallelujah, please?
{Cue angels singing}

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I've visualised our beautiful space outside for so long that, in my head, it's become a place to escape to already in my head! I can almost smell the lavender wafting on the balmy evening breeze...

beautiful things make me happy

Beautiful roses, pyramid topiaries, boxed hedges, lavender, and alliums!   Renovated garden for an old mill house by the river Cherwell - Arne Maynard Garden Design

I think it's time to put what's in my head out into the real world!

Romantic Country Garden Design in Surrey with pleached tree avenue, wide formal grass path, lavender hedges and alliums

And will this pefect Modern Country Garden partnership of aliums and lavender feature in our new garden? 

You betcha!

Take care until next time,
Sarahx

Images via Belderbos, skwellsphoto, Claire Potter Designs, Beautiful Things Make me Happy, raddlesiddeley, arne maynard, unknown

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Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Valentine's Craft Projects: Modern Country Crafts

Hello, all you gorgeous lovers out there!!!
And happy Valentine's Day!
Over on Instagram, I've been sharing my favourite Modern Country Valentine's craft projects so I thought I'd take this opportunity to share some Valentine's Crafty gorgeousness with you..... These are all craft projects that I've made myself, so it goes without saying that you can make them too!!! 

{And,n yes! Ive FINALLY joined! If you haven't come to say hello to me on Instagram then I'd LOVE to see you there!}

First up, this mother-of-pearl heart cushion....I actually made this from an old sofa cushion which I took apart so I was able to reuse the piping from around the edge. I'm all about the shortcuts! You can see the full tutorial here...


Then these rosebud hearts! Aaaaah, these are some of my favourites! I never get tired of gorgeous rosebud letters! Aren't they pretty!? You can learn how to make your own here...


I made this cushion to remember our wedding back in good old 1999, using my awesome Vintage Typewriter Keys stamp set. And I used the drawn thread technique for the first time too!! See how here...


This blanket-stitched heart is so snuggly and warm - and lavender-filled so it smells yummy too....All the deets are here...


Awww, and this heart and cinnamon garland is a stunner! The only hard bit is threading the string through the cinnamon. If you can do that then you're away!! See the instructions here...
And last but not least my Scrabble tile magnets. Basically, if you have a glue gun and a Scrabble set, then this is as good as done (find out how here)...


And there you have it! My all-time best Valentine's craft projects!! Which one is your favourite?

Take Care Till Next Time, my Valentine's lovelies,
Sarahxx

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Friday, 26 January 2018

Modern Country Garden Combos: Dark Tulips And.....!

Today's Modern Country Garden Plant Combo is a bit of a strange one! It's Tulips And.... And? And???

Queen of the night tulips, black parrot tulips, pansies, foxglove, and daffodils, benpentreath.com
Queen of the night tulips, black parrot tulips, pansies, foxgloves, and daffodils

Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Erica’; Silene dioica; Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’
Veronicastrum virginicum ‘Erica’, Silene dioica and Tulipa ‘Queen of Night’

Well, there's the nub of the problem! I tried to narrow it down, I really did. But dark tulips go so fantastically well with so many other plants, that I thought I'd use this as a bit of an encouragement to give them some Modern Country love in your very own garden. 

“Queen of the Night” and “Maureen” hybrid tulips    in clipped parterres in Oscar de la Renta’s garden…

Tulipa 'White Triumphator' and tulipa 'Queen of Night.' Probably too much contrast and the greenery almost absorbs the 'Queen of Night' tulips. But the white is great with the greenery.

Whether planted with other tulip varieties...

Queen of the Night Tulip

Tulips, esp. Queen of the night


...or with an altogether different but complementary plant, dark tulips can be your new Modern Country Garden bestie!



Tulips, especially voluptuous dark beauties such as Queen Of The Night and Black Parrot combine with so many other plants that it seemed foolish to narrow this post down to just one combination.

Which is your favourite?


Images via Benr Penreath, Nancy Ondra, Oscar De La Renta, unknown, unknown, Common Wealth Club, Wife Mother Gardener, Crocus, Black Swamp Girl

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Friday, 12 January 2018

I'm On Instagram!!...And Modern Country Front Garden Design

Yes, it's true! Two pieces of excitement here today....I've FINALLY joined Instagram AND I'm sharing a gorgeous Modern Country Front Garden!

You see, when I started first Modern Country Style, I had no idea that it would take off in the way it did. It was all I could do to keep on top of the blog, and then Facebook and Twitter and Pinterest came along (not to mention our five kiddiewinks behind the scenes!!)......and I just came to the conclusion that I couldn't do it all so it was better to do a few things well, rather than a lot of things badly! Roll on a few years, and things seem to have settled down, at least for a while, in terms of new social media to keep up with so I'm ready to launch forth!!! 

Front Garden design lavender topiary

I'd LOVE you to join me over on Instagram. I'm there as @modern_country_style

Modern Country Front Garden design lavender topiary

And of course I'll still be over in all the usual places too!!

Modern Country Front Garden design lavender topiary

In the meantime, I'm LOVING this front garden design by Steven Kelvin, featuring the gorgeous combination we were talking about last time of lavender and topiary....

Modern Country Front Garden design lavender topiary

Take Care Until Next Time....
Sarahxx

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Tuesday, 9 January 2018

Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

As I shared in the last post, we're currently completely renovating our garden, so I'm all about outside spaces at the moment.  I thought we'd have a chat about favourite Modern Country Garden planting combos....

Lavender and Bay Trees in Modern Country Front Garden

Let's start off with topiary and lavender.

Clockwise from top: this aged brick house is set off beautifully by dusky grey paint on the doors and frames, allowing the drainpipe and rendered base to fade into the overall scheme...white hydrangeas and lavender, contrasted against smart clipped box, keep this home looking firmly Modern Country....for full details click through to Modern Country Style blog: Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

Clockwise from top: this aged brick house is set off beautifully by dusky grey paint on the doors and frames, allowing the drainpipe and rendered base to fade into the overall scheme; box topiary in a zinc planter, box balls sit perfectly alongside a whole range of different architectural styles; Colours to try alongside this look include Dulux White, Farrow and Ball Cabbage White, Farrow and Ball Calluna, Little Greene French Grey, well thought-out details inside tie your interior and exterior together with aplomb..... 


.Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

Whether you prefer yew, or boxwood, or photinias or hollies.....topiary and lavender go together like clotted cream and jam in a freshly baked scone. Utter Modern Country Garden perfection!

Try Little Greene Juniper Ash, Zoffany Sung Mauve, Fired Earth Sea Lavender, Fired Earth Gentian Violet; a beautiful Modern Country planting scheme with four clipped box hedges enclosing swathes of lavender, and boxwood balls nestled within....Full details over on Modern Country Style blog: Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary



Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

My personal favourites for topiary are box balls, or low boxwood hedges...

Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

....or standard lollipop trees (bay and privets work well)....

Gorgeous Modern Country Back Garden from Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

So how does this look tie in to Modern Country Garden perfection? 

Ina Garten's garden from Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

Well, the lavender provides that perfect Country softness, while the topiary gives a perfect formal framework which gives a more contemporary feel.

For front garden: Boxwood, lavender and roses from Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

I am absolutely loving planning our Modern Country garden - it gets me through the ridiculous amount of digging out that needs to be done. Who needs a gym when you have a garden reno?!

consider a country-inspired feminine palette of Farrow and Ball Pelt, Dulux Linnet, Farrow and Ball Purbeck Stone, Farrow and Ball Cinder Rose. Full details on Modern Country Style blog: Modern Country Garden Combos: Lavender And Topiary

Consider a country-inspired feminine palette of Farrow and Ball Pelt, Dulux Linnet, Farrow and Ball Purbeck Stone, Farrow and Ball Cinder Rose; lavenders look gorgeous on paintwork alongside plenty of green planting, a circular pond wrapped with low box hedging is set off with a ribbon of lavender plants; topiary balls in old pots

Oh, and did I say I've just joined Instagram....come and follow me as I try to find my feet in this new Social MEdia playground.....



Take Care Until Next Time,
Sarahxx

Images via Belderbos, Fake IT Flowers, roden burgtuinen, Jinny Blom, Jinny Blom, , Landform, unknown, unknown, David Herbert, 

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