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Phillippa Probert

Pip Probert Garden Designer - Outer Spaces Wirral

Young, talented and inspiring, Phillippa Probert is an RHS Gold medal-winning designer who has produced stunning gardens at Tatton Park, Gardeners World, Malvern & Chelsea since 2005.

  • Date Joined: 10 Apr 2008

Getting A Little Carried Away!

Posted by Pip Probert on 16 Jul 2008 at 05:33 AM

I realised last night, as we were told it was definately time to leave the show ground, that I hadn't written a posting for a long time.  Therefore not telling the story of the construction so far.

Last week we met on our plot for the first time, a large soiled rectangle.  It didn't so big, and certainly didn't look like we would fit everything in.  But we sprayed it up, and started excavating.  Wow, a swimming pool is very different.  This is my first natural swimming pond, and we have certainly built it as if it were here to stay.  The whole was dug very quickly, and the retaining walls were up almost instantly. 

We are trying to work from the swimming pond outwards, which means for people on the outside looking in, it didn't really look like we had much going on (until the occasional head was spotted peiring out of the pond.)  It wasn't long before the liner was in and the surrounding paving was laid.  Since then the hard landscaping has been happening very quickly - obviously due to my wonderful construction team.  Oh, and we can't forget our favourite Health and Safety Officer, who has been keeping watch from the top of the site.

The 'pickers' have arrived now we are in the second week, along with the plants, although we are still waiting for some bit and pieces.  Thismakes me a little nervous as I don't feel confident starting to plant without my palette infront of me.

This brings me onto my back to back.  Again planting is a HUGE part of this garden and so really I am just placing plants to get a feel for it at the moment, and yesturday started positioning the hedge, as this is an important part to the garden.  It was great to be working next to Walker Landscapes, our neighbours, who have been positioned near by in previous years, and we help keep each others morale high.

After digging out the small back to back garden, and going home for the night, come morning we ended up with a pond in the wrong garden several times, meaning many marking out sessions, but finally it is on its way.

Well I'm afraid I need to get to Tatton Park before the mad rush.  We seem to be the first to arrive and the last to leave everyday, again this year.  The show is really coming on and changing drastically every day, but I really must take time to walk round and see the other gardens being built.  Yet I feel guilty leaving my gardens, and it is never long before the phone rings; "Oy, where do you think your going! - We just need to know...."

Time is going so fast, and I am starting to panic, so I'm off!


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