Tuesday, 20 December 2016
It’s getting to that time of year. With Christmas on our doorstep, 2016 stretches back behind us, packed full of gorgeous gardens, perfect products and funny Fringe shows! Here is the Vialii review of 2016 and all our best bits…
Well it has to be our own new website doesn’t it?! It took a while for it to come to fruition but we think it was worth the wait. Pride of place if our new portfolio section which showcases the many gardens we have designed and built over the years with lots more photos to see. We have brought our well-loved blog into the cosy confines of the website too as well as making the whole website and blog more user friendly and packed full of lovely images of gardens. We hope you love it as much as we do.
Our vote goes to Bogs wellies. Mrs Vialii got a pair of these and they are the warmest, cosiest, funkiest wellies we have seen. Perfect for gardening, walking the dog or just generally getting outdoors.
We love the Wind Tree which has just arrived in the UK. As prices drop we hope to see more of these used in urban areas to help power lighting. We would love to include one in a community garden we are planning if we can…
We have had so much fun working with the Dunblane Centre, designing their outdoor space. We will start building it early 2017 and it will include a Seasonally Enchanted Path, Mini Allotment, Yoga Shack, Sensory Garden and much more. From flip flop walls to willow contemplation domes, this place will definitely be worth a visit!
We are so lucky to be able to commission lots of wonderful features to go into the gardens we design. This year we have seen raised ponds, water features, bespoke seating, dry stone seats and much more. It’s really hard to choose a favourite but we do really love “Orbital” by Steve Wood for a garden we designed in Bridge of Allan.
Wow, how do we pick?! OK, if we must, then this year we will go for pennisetum. A wonderful grass which gives wonderful texture to the garden. How can you resist touching these wonderful fluffy plumes of pennisetum “Summer Samba”?!
We are always kept on our toes by our clients and every garden is unique. Some are more unique than others and this one in Dollar was a first for us as the clients asked us to include a golf tee in the design!
This year Jo Thompson’s Chelsea Barrack’s Garden won our hearts. What a beautiful place to relax. Perfect!
OK, so it’s not really garden related (although we do always have a team night out at the Fringe!) but we like to share! Our favourite fringe show this year was the comic/magician Pete Firman. Definitely worth going to see.
We hope you have all had as great a 2016 as us and we wish you the very best for 2017.
All at Vialii