December 31, 2014

Architectural Plants –what’s in a name?

One of my current projects is a new build contemporary property in Cheshire and we are appointed to design the landscape design for the scheme. The brief for the landscape is related to an inside outside approach where the building is very contemporary, with materials of glass, wood, natural stone and white render. A modernist…

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November 30, 2014

A gardener’s Roof Terrace in Manchester

This year, we have been fortunate enough to be commissioned to design and oversee the construction of a number of roof terraces in several different cities in the UK and you can see some of our previous work  on our portfolio page as well as on the Houzz site. The latest to be completed is…

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October 19, 2014

Ask An Expert: My landscape design advice for new build and renovation projects

Last weekend (9-12th October 2014) I was lucky enough to be asked by Grand Designs Live at the NEC, Birmingham, UK  to participate in the Ask An Expert section.  I was completely booked up for the duration.  Most enquiries were related to the approach to new build and renovation project landscapes and how to  plan the entire…

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September 19, 2014

Know your onions? (or are they enough to make you cry?)

It occurred to me recently, that onions play an important part in our boutique allotment and garden life (perhaps I should get out more?) not just as a vegetable but also as flavorsome herbs and as ornamental plants in the form of flowering alliums which are amongst my favourite bulbs in contemporary gardens for their…

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September 7, 2014

Gorgeous grasses

I have always had a love for ornamental grasses and the contribution they make to a planting scheme. At Capel Manor college some 15 years ago, where I first studied landscape design, there were some great  mixed perennial planting schemes including grasses and  I started to develop a big love for this family of plants…

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August 17, 2014

Salford Quays scribbles

I am fortunate enough to be able to regularly visit Salford Quays and the new Media City and I have to say I have rather a soft spot for its architecture and its constant activity.  What is not to like?  What it lacks in Historic buildings, it makes up for in quirky shapes, angles and…

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Filed under: Urban Sketching — Tags: , , , , — Liz @ 8:32 pm
August 8, 2014

Contemporary roof garden design in Birmingham

At Poppyhead Consultancy we love to design contemporary roof terraces (as well as a range of other contemporary spaces including gardens, courtyards, sensory gardens and kitchen gardens).   Recently we have completed another roof terrace, this one in Birmingham.  This blog describes and shows how we have transformed the space into a relaxing retreat for our…

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July 26, 2014

Drawing the city – an urban sketching experience

This week I was fortunate enough to attend a 3-day Drawing the City workshop at The Liverpool Tate, Albert Dock and what a gloriously sunny week we have had for it too! The workshop combined visits to 3 exhibitions: Mondrian and His Studios, Nasreen Mohamedi and Claude Peront with an excellent Urban sketching event led…

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Filed under: Urban Sketching — Liz @ 5:13 pm
July 21, 2014

Watercolour beginnings

I have always had a soft spot for the look of watercolour painting -not the intricate and literal necessarily, but those raw images that are lively and loose, capturing the essence of a scene in an energetic flowing way, with vibrant colours bleeding into one another to create an impression.  Here are a selection of watercolours on…

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Filed under: Designers' guides & Design Process,Urban Sketching — Liz @ 6:10 am
July 12, 2014

Sculpture heaven

Whilst spending time on the West Coast of Wales recently, we stumbled upon this quirky, thought-provoking, out of the way place: SculptureHeaven. We nearly missed this one : it was nearing the end of our stay and the start of a surprisingly grey day (all the others had been sunny with blue skies, amazing for…

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Filed under: Garden & show visits — Liz @ 8:39 pm
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