As my local followers will know the Lincolnshire Agricultural Show starts tomorrow and for the first time Applewhite Garden Design have been involved!
Our brief: Can you do something with this!.... and make it look good all year round...
We only had a few weeks to think about the project. Having just watched the Chelsea flower show I had loads of exotic ideas in mind, but sadly not the Chelsea Designer budget to go with them - so no grand statues!
My first call was to our nursery Welland Vale to see what plants they had in stock, and suss out which ones would look their best in a few weeks time. My second call was to Green Mile Trees to see what could be made available for the show.
Armed with this information I set about planning a design.
I was faced with a large Eleagnus shrub (in the middle of the picture), not a favourite of mine and a rather unruly euonymous. The latter is a great shrub for any garden; comes in many variations, small or large, evergreen and can be clipped.
With only one free day to plant up and Martin on another garden project, Kerry and I set off at the crack of dawn. First stop was at Pete's who tipped a load of bark chippings in the back of the truck with his forklift and then we were on our way.
12 hours later... and with heavy aching limbs we had finished our garden. But the best part of the whole experience was all the help we were given. Our dear friend Jane drove from Hough to bring the Bee Hive, 3 Show Stewards helped clear all our rubbish away, one steward bought us both an ice cream, two plumbers set up our watering system, one steward washed our bee hive and Andy the police dog trainer helped alarm our Bee Hive. Did I mention that Kerry was tall and blond!
A big thank you to all....
Martin and I finished off the next day, including giving the Police dog garden some extra bark!!!