What was I thinking ?? posting on a blog about the build of two gardens whilst physically building two gardens, not possible !. First off you need the time to write the blogs at the end of each day when you are physically and mentally exhausted not much chance there and then when you are away from a stable internet connection, then trying to find a stable connection onto which you can upload your posts, a task in which I failed miserably. So I have learned many lessons in this exercise and enjoyed myself immensely in the process, whilst also being pushed to my limit physically, mentally and financially, so I shall try to finish my task and present you with the continuing saga of building two gardens in one month.
Where I left off was starting the build of ‘the singing tree’ show garden at RHS Hampton court day 3/4.
But once the timber arrived it was all systems go. Our main concern was that the large anchor posts for the suspended tree needed to be fixed to the deck and also sunk well into the ground but because the plot sloped quite badly by approx 200 cm we lost that depth to one side of the plot, so we engineered timber strapping for the posts to the deck and extended the posts by fixing timber legs to get the depth required, this problem was compounded by the fact that we also decided to not use any concrete in the build of the garden, mainly to keep costs down but also to aid in the break down of the garden. Many show garden builders tend to get caught up in the early build days of a show garden and throw lots of concrete at the build which means at the break down the concrete needs to be removed and then thrown away something that always seems such a waste to me for the sake of 5 show days.
So once we got our heads around the necessary strapping and frame work of the deck which took 3 days we got to setting down the deck boards. We decided to use softwood deck boards mainly because hardwood was done to death at RHS show gardens.
We also carried out first fit for all of our cabling for the lights and sound of the garden at this point which was a challenge including one particular recessed LED light casing for the suspended tree which seemed to take an age to fabricate but well worth it in the end.
The rear fence was next then on to the fun stuff. Plants, Art work, Lights and Sound. Oh ! by the why at this point we are 5 days into the build with 9 days to judging and I also have to get back home to play at a Prog Rock Festival in the middle of the build. What was I thinking !!.