The creation of an organic vegetable potager with its encircling fruit trees and bushes was one of the first tasks. A seasonal garden to reflect the changing months of the year embraced the enlarged lakeside which was soon also planted up with a richly robust herbaceous collar of plants. A rigorous campaign of tree and spring bulb planting in the wider fieldscape and potager garden ensured the early spring colour so welcomed on the continent. Some hundred of thousands of bulbs were planted throughout the garden – ranging from narcissus of varying species, fritillaries, crocus, alliums, and camassias.
In 2001, Paul and Pauline were lucky enough to begin working with Piet Oudolf. Piet produced the master plan for an ambitious curved border which would wrap around the 17th century farmhouse. The garden has featured extensively in gardening magazines such as Gardens Illustrated, The Sunday Telegraph Magazine, Country Life, House Beautiful (USA) as well as the Belgian, German and French, magazines, Nest, Country and the Marie Claire group – 100 Idees Jardin.
The garden has a distinctly wild feel to it but is perfectly controlled. Colours blend into a living tapestry with subtle repetitions and colour themes adding a sense of movement and symphony.