I’m so, so glad I’ve had chance to get to know Victoria and her lovely blog over the course of the past month. Landscapes and Cupcakes is just such a beautiful online space, full of the sort of stunning photography and sweet, from-the-heart posts that’ll draw you back in time and again. Victoria works as a garden designer, and her love for all things outdoors comes shining through her blog posts. We totally share the same dreams of owning a smallholding ;) I’m totally in love with everything she shares via her site- not least because that sweet pup above is often the subject of of Victoria’s photos! I mean, who on earth could resist that curly little face?! This week Victoria answered a few of my questions, and so without further ado, let me introduce you to Landscapes and Cupcakes!
1. What made you want to start writing your lovely blog? Has blogging brought about any positive changes in your life?
‘To be honest, I first started blogging as a way to keep my business website updated with my current projects and information about my work, but about 6 months ago I decided to have a bit more fun with it, and turn it into more of a lifestyle blog. Now I share not only my work as a garden designer, but what I get up to in my spare time too! I have always had a passion for photography, and having a blog to share my photos has given me the perfect excuse to really improve my skills (and invest in a few snazzy lenses!)!’
2. What do you want people to take away from Landscapes and Cupcakes, when they visit? :)
‘I want to share lots of fun ways to enjoy being outside, especially in the garden, such as growing fruit, veg and cut flowers, and cooking outdoors.’
3. How does your work as a garden designer influence the content you create for Landscapes and Cupcakes? Does one form of creativity feed into the other, do you find?
‘Yes definitely, and even though I am new to blogging, I have found it has already allowed me to explore lots of different ideas and ways of working, and develop new skills. I have lots of plans for exciting new content and regular posts over the coming months, and I am looking forward to growing my blog in parallel to my business.’
4. Do you have a favourite kind of post to write for your blog?
‘I love sharing photos from weekends exploring the beautiful Welsh countryside.’
5. What’re the very best things about living in Wales? Your photos make it look so beautiful!
‘I know I am biased, but it really is an incredible place! I think the beaches have to be my favourite thing about living here, but you also can’t beat the spine tingling atmosphere of the Millennium Stadium during a Welsh international rugby game!’
6. Will you tell us a little about how you came to be a garden designer? Have you had a love for horticulture your whole life? I’m fascinated to know more!
‘My undergrad degree was in Architecture, but my boyfriend Joe (now my husband) was studying Landscape Architecture at the same time, and I found that I was much more passionate about what he was learning. So, after our post uni gap year (9 months working in a mindless job to pay for an awesome 3 month travelling adventure), I decided to go back to uni to study for a Master’s degree in Landscape Architecture.
When I graduated just over 2 years ago, the job situation was not great, so I decided to have a go and set up my own Garden Design company as it had always been my dream to run my own business. I launched the business with a Show Garden at the RHS Cardiff Flower Show in 2013 (where we won a Gold Medal!) and I have never looked back. Joe has recently started working with me, after 5 years working in commercial Landscape Architecture, and I am really looking forward to growing the business together.’
7. What might Cider with Rosie readers be surprised to learn about you? Any party tricks, or secret skills? :)
‘Not sure about party tricks, but it surprises most people that we have 12 pets! – 7 chickens, 3 tortoises, a house bunny and a cavapoo puppy! I am completely mad about animals, and it is my dream to live on a smallholding one day, but for now I am happy with my mini farmyard in our back garden! We still have plenty of room (Joe disagrees!) and I would love a couple of ducks and to keep bees here too… watch this space!’
8. And lastly, let’s play a round of ‘desert island discs’! If you were stranded on a desert island, what would you bring with you? You can bring two albums/CDs, two books, ingredients to make two meals, and one luxury item!
‘For the music it’d have to be Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon (my all-time favourite album) and Ben Howard’s Every Kingdom (the ultimate chilled summer soundtrack- perfect for a desert island!). Food wise, I would take the ingredients for an epic beach BBQ- juicy burgers, strong cheddar, and a few beers to wash it down. And then the ingredients for a lush fry up the next day. I much prefer reading practical books to novels (I read cookbooks in bed!) so maybe a couple of Bear Grylls-esq survival guides to help me stay alive on said desert island once I’ve had my BBQ and fry up! And I think the luxury item would have to be a hammock!’
** Thanks to Victoria for such lovely As to my Qs! :) Do go through and have a read of Landscapes and Cupcakes- it’s such a beautiful blog! And don’t forget to follow along with Victoria’s posts via Bloglovin‘ too! **
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