In a few weeks’ time I will be celebrating the 5 year anniversary of starting my business. Since launching in the Spring of 2013, I have worked on over a hundred gardens, and have learnt so much from each and every project. I have laughed, cried, and worked harder than I ever thought was possible. As any business owner knows it can be a real rollercoaster, with so many ups and downs on a daily basis.

To me, 5 years feels like quite a significant milestone, and I am immensely proud of what we have achieved so far. The business has taken me in directions I never thought possible and has pushed me so far out of my comfort zone- in a really good way!

The business has grown from an ‘I’ to a ‘We’, since my husband Joe left his 9-5 as a Landscape Architect to join me in 2015, and we now run a team of 4.

We have built several RHS show gardens at the Cardiff Flower Show (and have won a couple of gold medals and best in show too!), I’ve being asked to speak at a number of events, have been interviewed for TV and radio, we’ve worked as RHS mentors for kids at a local school, our work has been published in a number of national and international magazines and we’ve recently had the privilege of helping out with a local DIYSOS build.

It definitely feels like the right time to evaluate, look to the future, and really consider what direction we are going to be taking the business in. And we have started taking the steps we need to make it work for us moving forward…

We started working with a business coach just before Christmas- the lovely Nicky Wilkes @mysettledhome, and in just a few sessions we have already identified what is working and what needs to change to make our business work for us long term.

We are going to be re-branding over the next few months and as part of this I am working on Sara Tasker’s @me_and_orla Insta-retreat, which is helping to clarify our brand vision and aesthetic.

I am super excited to be working with the very talented Siobhan Watts very soon who is going to photograph some of our gardens this Spring and capture our working process.

And last but definitely not least, next week I am attending a two day ‘Focus and Thrive’ workshop at the beautiful Beaverbrook with the very inspiring Fiona Humberstone and Elizabeth Cairns.

I made the decision to book onto the workshop during a particularly stressful work time back in November after hearing Sophie Robinson talk about the difference it made to her business on her Instagram, and I am so so glad I did. Just working though the pre-course material is already firing up my imagination, and I am super excited to see what light bulb moments happen during those couple of days next week!

I took these photos this morning of the beginnings of a mood board I am working on to start exploring our vision for our new brand identity… watch this space!