We were yesterday awarded a silver award for our exhibition garden. We were shocked and very excited. We were all shaking for a good length of time, this is the best reward ever. Finishing was an amazing achievement but this definately tops the lot. We now off to get into our uni assignment, life still goes on outside Ellerslie. Have got a TV interview tomorrow for CTV, which will be a new experience for us all.
Well can you believe it, our site looked completely bare three days ago and now it is all done. All of the accessories are in place, plants positioned. All that needs done tomorrow is to clean a few things up, the pavers need scrubbed, a few paint touch ups and vertical walls wiped. It is so rewarding to actually see it finished, we think we've done pretty well considering our minimal expertise and small budget.
Only 1 and a half days until judging!! Now we cannot upload a finished photo until the show has commenced, we don't want to give it away. If you are wondering where we are at the show it is site EG12 and you cannot miss it, it is the one with all the colour.
The grass getting put down and pebble mat being carefully arranged
A last overview of the site with the connect four board in place. From now on the photos of the site are to be snippets as we can not give away absolutely everything until the show opens officially on Wednesday. But it is coming together now quite well....Now for the plants and greenery
Well after a week of feeling like we were getting nowhere we have had a breakthrough. Today was an awesome day and the site is finally starting to look like a courtyard. We got most of the built elements into place toaday and WE HAVE GRASS, care of Readylawn. We got the Connect 4 board up on its stilts and it is safe to say that I will not be losing sleep over it falling over in a gale force wind as it is extremely solid. The Pacman BBQ has taken residence in its corner, the bean stalks are now growing up the ladder and the light table is in place. We also established a checkers pattern with pebbles which act as a mat underneath the coffee table. We feel like we are right on target to getting finished in time, Trees hopefully arrive tomorrow and we will bring in our last of the wall planters and beginnings of the plants. A big thank you to Uncle Russell for helping us alter our coffee table to work as a lightbox, looks great. I will upload the photos tomorrow to show the progress.
So it definately has been a busy week on the site of Ellerslie. A lot of the exhibition gardens are taking shape nicely and look superb. Ours on the other hand is still looking rather empty as it has been a week of finishing off of the half finished bits and bobs at the flat. Here is our Jenga planter box which managed to eat up a bit of time but is now complete along with... the dominoes, the donkey kong garden, the paving and the lighting. We have locked the pavers into place with pavesand. Our find of the weekend is the coffee table that we found at a 2nd hand store that is perfect for our light and sand table. We look forward to bringing everything onto site over next two days, the weather appears to be looking very good for the week which will help in the build up. Starting to feel the pressure with only 8 sleeps until judging.