I could do with a bit of the Slow Life because the last three days have been some of the busiest of my life. The gardens must be finished in time for Judging- at 10am on Friday the 8th.
There have been several days of high drama in the rush to get the garden completed. First, we had the saga of the missing stained glass windows, which were shipped from England two weeks ago but disappeared in transit. We finally traced them to a Cathay pacific flight to Fukuoka via Hong Kong, but it was only at midnight on the Tuesday night that we managed to get them out of customs. They were fitted to the loggia wall on Wednesday and the men worked through the night to get the wall plastered once they were in. The first of the plants didn’t arrive until the Wednesday morning and I spent the rest of the day devising the planting plan and putting the plants in position in the beds. By 4pm it was obvious that we would need about 25% more plants and a desperate search began to find more stock. I had planned for climbing Mandevillas to go along the hedges with white Hibiscus in front. When the Hibiscus arrived they were no good and I sent them back. At 6pm I was told that the Mandevillas would not be arriving after all as the flowers were still in bud. This meant that I had to completely re-do the planting along the hedges. Early this morning we we started planting. More plants arrived, but still not enough but I was lucky enough to be able to borrow three surplus trays of white flowering plants from the American garden next door and finish the job. Phew.
The photo shows our construction team- you can almost feel the exhaustion.