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Tony Smith

Tony Smith Artist and Garden Designer

  • Date Joined: 13 Mar 2009

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  • Crawling over the line

    Tony Smith on 23 May 2010 at 11:50 PM

     In my last post (written some time ago now) I talked about us having made a flying start. Well, it just goes to show how much can change in a day or two because after erecting the main structure and rendering it in three days, progress started to slow down. Not a lot, but one thing led to another and before you know it you're under pressure.

     It was while under pressure that I made a near fatal mistake in that I tried to stick to my schedule instead of adjusting the schedule to fit the new reality. I rushed into planting the ferns in the grotto (or should I say Kerry and Steven of the Fernatix did) before I had fully tested the rain curtain that falls across the entrance, thus making it extremely difficult to fix the inevitable leak that developed


  • Flying Start

    Tony Smith on 13 May 2010 at 09:36 PM

    Our first day on site today. Arrived at 6am for a 7am start (that's when they open the gate). Perhaps one whole hour early is a little on the enthusiastic side, even for me. Still, we were first in and hit the ground running. All the preparation paid off and we made great progress. The outer shell of the structure is now up and ready for rendering tomorrow so we are on target. Another couple of days like today and I may even start enjoying it!!!


  • A Sense Of Proportion

    Tony Smith on 09 May 2010 at 02:42 PM

     My new improved batch of bronze fennel looks great, although I am still concerned that they may grow too tall for the tulips in the two weeks that separate us from judgment day. This however will be managed by sending them to Burston Nurseries where they will be kept in cold store, effectively suspended animation, until we plant them three days before judging.

    I should have mentioned Woodcote Green Nurseries in my last post as they were the source of the finest batch of fennel plants. Thanks to James and Lara at Woodcote; I am now sleeping much better


  • Blind panic

    Tony Smith on 06 May 2010 at 06:33 PM

    Well, perhaps not quite blind but definitely a hint of panic.

    With the larger gardens underway on site, the urban gardens have another week of preparations off site before it gets really serious