This is the gate in the back garden. I first saw the use of primary colours in the garden of Robert Dash, an American artist. It was in an article by the late Rosemary Verey in Gardens Illustrated which I think was then quite a new magazine. The image of some painted wooden structures in his garden stayed in my mind for many years.
When we came to live in Swedish Houses (which are black stained wooden houses which were sent to this country from Sweden after the second world war) the idea of using red for a gate came to me as I was looking out of the back window one day.
The houses have primary colours on their doors - ours is yellow - and I had admired the use of bright colours in housing in Sweden when I was studying landscape design there, especially in the work of architect Ralph Erskine. So it seemed appropriate, and I have to say I have loved it, and so have many people who have bought the cards I've produced of it.
So a yellow gate in the front garden was only a matter of time really..