So here we are at Day 15, judging day!! It’s been such a busy, exciting, and exhausting week, hence the blog being so far behind, and leaving you all in the lurch wondering about the progress of our garden!

I’ve decided to pull together the last 6 days into a single, very long, post so be prepared for many many pictures. The last week has entailed finishing the layout of planting, beginning to actually plant everything, finalizing the built elements of the garden, and general tidying.

We have traveled from a barebones geometric design through to a space brimming with life and colour and, the only way I can truly describe it, froth! The planting has really brought the scheme together, and with the amazing attention to detail in the finishing of the built features, such as the bridges and the river-cobbled gullies, we’ve achieved a garden far beyond our wildest conceptions.

I am so pleased with the final outcome, and so very grateful to all those involved in bringing the garden to life. It truly has been a fantastic team effort, and we all will get to celebrate in whichever result we achieve!!! So…on to a night’s rest before our big day tomorrow! And roll on the pics…..

DAY 11…

View along the narrow path, and the planting coming together section by section


In the sunshine- it was beautiful while it lasted!!


In the thick of it…


And then it’s a blur…


Once the planting really got underway, the garden began to knit together beautifully. The following pictures are a conglomeration of the remaining days of the build, eventually leading to the assessment and judging day which determines the final reward for the garden, though I must cornily say the real achievement has been the garden itself!!


Sunny smiling times


Ominous clouds


After the deluge of rain, but hey, we’ve gone official!


The saga of the bridges….green oak!


Which led to a less-than-happy-Lisa


But check out that final product!



Nic, the titivating fiend!


Bench in situ


Rainwater gullies


Details Details!


Those sexy pavers in place


It’s singing!


View along the intimate path


View along the avenue


The judges arriving!


The nearly finished garden on assessment day


Nearing the end