“As the years have gone by its moved from being a decorative garden to a productive cutting garden full of herbs, annuals, roses, dahlias and peonies which we use for our wedding work.”
I am giddy with excitement as I write this post. It’s the first in a brand new series called ‘Creative Spaces‘… a series I hope is going to really inspire and interest you. It’s certainly brought me joy already, just putting it together! From small business studios to home interiors and from the literal (i.e. a space where creative magic happens) to the lateral (a space where lots of love has gone into its creation) – the Creative Spaces series is going to explore some wonderful, gorgeous, and imaginative spaces, and the stories behind them.
To start things off, I’m bringing you a breath of fresh air with the beautiful garden of Hazel Shaw (owner of Eden Blooms Florist). I follow Eden Blooms on Instagram and, throughout lockdown, Hazel has been sharing stories and images of her stunning garden. As someone who doesn’t have a garden, it has been a wonderful escape for me and I’ve looked forward to seeing that little coloured circle appear around her Instagram profile icon – signalling more inspiration and peaceful imagery might be just a tap away.
Without further ado, let’s discover more about Hazel’s garden (prepare to feel a sense of content calm wash over you)…
Where and what is your Creative Space?
My creative space where I think and mediate to the sound of nature is my cutting garden.
What does your Creative Space mean to you, and how does it make you feel?
Its a sanctuary away from running my business and worrying about everyday pressures such as running a business during Covid.
What is the story behind your Creative Space?
We moved into this property in 2006 and one of the main driving forces to buy the house was the garden. It was an abandoned field full of holes and rubble. In 2008 building the garden began. Tonnes and tonnes of waste was removed, the garden was levelled and the beds built. Over the last decade an office, potting shed, polytunnel and greenhouse have been installed. As the years have gone by its moved from being a decorative garden to a productive cutting garden full of herbs, annuals, roses, dahlias and peonies which we use for our wedding work. The garden is a great attraction for clients. Three years ago we stopped using chemicals on the garden and its now buzzing with insects and we have a family of hedgehogs too.
Is your Creative Space finished or does it continue to evolve?
A garden is never finished. I’m always planning for the year ahead and digging over areas which aren’t working and planting new plants.
What is your favourite detail in your Creative Space, and why?
I love the changing of the seasons, how the light differs throughout the year and the scent of the sweet peas and roses on a summers evening.
If you could change one thing about your Creative Space, what would it be and why?
The only thing I would change is the weeds growing in the gravel path! It’s a never ending job pulling them out when you don’t use weedkiller.
What advice would you give someone else trying to create a similar space?
Start small and only plant what you love to pick. I’m self taught and Gardeners World is a great place to start. Follow the seasons and be patient.
Do you have a Creative Space you want to share with others?
If you would like to submit your own Creative Space to be featured in the series (whether it’s your business workplace, home office, entire home, or even your beach hut) I would love to hear from you. Take a look at my post ‘Do You Have An Inspiring And Creative Space?’ for more information, and get in touch if you think your space would bring joy to others.