Monday 24th MayI've just been sorting out another elementof our garden - this year we are using reclaimed and recycled materials again but in a more contemporary way and also mixing them with new materials to show that the two can work together to create an unusual, witty and sustainable garden.One of the new materials we have found and are really looking forward to using is recycled plastic sheets from www.smile-plastics.co.uk. The company started producing recycled plastic sheeting in 1994 and make their products out of everything from fabric softener bottles and yogurt pots to CD's and banknotes. The one we are using is made from old gas pipes, food stuff containers and Smile Plastics own factory waste - and it is going to be quite subtle and understated... but for now if you want to find out more about how they make it go to www.smile-plastics.co.uk/production. The photos below show 3 of the wackier patterns - the first one made from mobile phones, the second from whole wellies (lets hope the feet were taken out first) and the third from water and gas pipes...-Jane
7th June 2010The weeks are flying past faster than a fast flying thing and July moves ever and ever closer! We are now getting there with our preparations - things are at last sort of coming together. I say that with some reservation as every time I have thought that - something comes along to scupper it all but fingers crossed - we are getting there.Our tiles are having a lovely long soak in their bath - lucky old tiles!!! They'll soon be ready to be scrubbed, buffed and thouroughly pampered - we could do a side line and open Giles Landscapes as a spa for old floor tiles - 'feeling dull? flat? a bit trodden on?' I can see it now!...But anyway as I was saying tiles sorted - plants 'sorted' or as sorted as they can be - very generous help from the lovely Howards nurseries and just been on the phone to the wonderful Derek at Jacksons Fencing who is making our boundaries for us (beautiful fencing - should look great) and that should be with us in the next two weeks.Hopefully the Toyota car wrap should be done in the next couple of weeks so look out for a rather bright and flowery Toyota Prius zooming about all over the country - it will be out there somewhere!!21st June 2010Last Thursday we were all very excited about seeing the Prius Phil Saunders from Marshall’s toyota Kings Lynn has got decorated for us. East Coast Designs created a great design for us and the car looked amazing!The purpose of the car is to advertise our partnership with Marshall’s Toyota Kings Lynn who are kindly sponsoring our garden at Sandringham this year.If you have a listen to KLFM in the coming weeks, you will be able to hear more about it – they are out and about in it this week so keep your eyes open and also there should be some competitions happening very soon that will be announced on KLFM.
25th JuneWe now have our fence! Donated by the lovely people at Jacksons – it looks really nice and is being painted as we speak. We have also finished all the tiles – and they are now spread out in Roger’s house waiting to be boxed up – they have taken over two rooms and I think they are multiplying – I’m sure we didn’t have that many a week ago! The garden room is also nearly finished and being painted – that is going to be dismantled and put together on site – no doubt we will have a few screws, posts and a roof left over like all good flat packs!:)We are off to see Angela again next week to choose our piece of sedum roofing – really looking forward to seeing how its got on! They have been so good to us at Q lawns!We are also off to TWI next week to test the water feature – gulp! Fingers crossed it works!! I will post some pictures if it does (if it doesn’t I will find myself a little quiet corner and cry!)I can’t believe we’ve only got a couple more weeks to go before the build starts. We are starting on the 12th of July – much earlier than originally planned as the garden has quite a few complex bits and pieces and lots of drying times are needed.So only a couple more blogs and then I’ll try and keep you updated from the show ground so you could end up reading (and seeing) anything!!-Jane