Channel Hopping

I have a guest post over at the BBC Gardening Blog today, so do press the Red Button to see what I have to say on the subject of colour :)

If any of you have hopped channels to here from the BBC, then hello and welcome!


  1. Loved the BBC post, it was fascinating. It's very comforting to think that when I'm dithering over colour schemes for the garden, I'm responding to some kind of primeval need, rather than an inability to make my mind up! Seriously, though, like you I veer from white to bright and back again and always wondered why.

  2. Thanks Victoria - I'm glad you enjoyed it. Did you recognise the bit from our conversation on colour?

    I learnt a lot writing it, not just about colour!

  3. I did enjoy your post on the BBC Gardening Blog - although colour is such a vast subject!

    My feelings about which colours I want in the garden are different now than they were 5 years ago - and I always thought my choices were a reflection of what was going on in my life.

    You also used my favorite image of yours for the post.

  4. I pressed the red button and enjoyed your post on the subject of colour. A fascinating topic. I have a definite leaning towards blue shades, both in the garden and in what I wear. I recognised the garden in your photo immediately ~ now there's a maestro of colour :)

  5. Karen - I did wonder for a long time if my need for white was because life had been so hectic. And I was thinking of you when I wrote about yellow being bottom of people's list. The image was the first one which popped into my mind when thinking about which one I should use for the post. Keith Wiley's talk and visit last year showed me I shouldn't be afraid of using colour :)

    Anna - I hated blue for a long time because it was the colour of my school uniform! One snippet that didn't make my article was blue being the colour preferred by bees.

  6. Your fame is spreading! Great post on the BBC.

    As a painter I'd say that colour is only one element; it works in tandem with lots of other factors such as composition, tone and format. Artists often use only two or three colours in a painting to achieve a harmony, with perhaps one additional highlight - you might be surprised how many famous paintings work this way.

    My neighbour, the great welsh painter John Knapp Fisher, talks of working on the edges of colour - his paintings hint at colour rather than blast it at you.
    I think gardens can be like that too - indeed, I think the best one's are.

  7. Mark - Thanks :) You've raised some very good points and insights. It's interesting to see the style of people who've come into garden design from the art world. Sarah Price's work on the Olympic Park is worth looking out for. 500 words is tiny for such a vast subject: I wanted to say loads about the influence of light, textures and tones, but couldn't. I read 3 books on the subject whilst thinking about this post, all had completely different pespectives and I know I've only scratched the surface. I loved doing it though and hope to do more :)


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