Stars' End : version 4.0 : garden
How does your garden grow?
With Time Gate bells,
and Space Ship shells,
and eclips'd stars all in a row
31 July 2001 the pond liner is in place, along with the
shuttering for the spaceship base
. The patio
26 July 2001 about
half the patio
24 July 2001 the
the pond hole is
lined with sand
, with a base
for the rocket left clear
23 July 2001 the
arrives on site, and the
8 July 2001 we choose the stone that will encircle the crash
crater Cambrian red slate
7 July 2001 we give to go-ahead for the first stage of the
space ship construction carving the polystyrene mould
June 2001 the dreadful rain all spring has delayed the garden
contractor work on the Space Garden should now start end July
16 April 2001 we meet a theatrical model maker, who might be
interested in building the space ship for us he is!
12 April 2001 we go to pick up the finished painting, and take
it off to
over Easter, before taking it home to hang
13 January 2001 we get a quote from a local garden contractor
for everything except the two big features we go for a phased
approach, and he schedules the work on the Space Garden to start around
31 October 2000 Dave shows us his sketch design of
19 August 2000 we agree some minor revisions to the design
now it has to go out for quotation!
25 July 2000 the garden design team come up with a wonderful
plan, that incorporates all our bizarre ideas into a design that
On the west side is a "
with a Time Gate dividing the "present" (new, pristine,
young), from the "future" (old, weathered, aged). On the east
side, towards the front, is a Tudorbethan "knot" garden,
representing the original garden, before the space ship crashed into the
", digging a
crash crater (pond), with the ship now righted in it, for repair. To the
front is a conventional house frontage, with nothing to warn the unwary
visitor except an eclipse "diamond ring" circle embedded in
the drive. This is to be accompanied by a Dave Hardy painting, of the
ship as it originally crashed, to hang over our fireplace, in the
lounge, which overlooks the part of the garden to contain the actual
25 June 2000 Dave fills out his sketch idea for the "
", for the "
and for the
Diamond Ring eclipse motif
22 June 2000 The garden team, and the space artist David A.
Hardy, come for a planning meeting, and all get enthusiastic. Dave
sketches an idea for an "
organic Space Ship
feature, which looks great. The team go away to work up the design.
8 April 2000 The garden designer pays an initial visit,
expecting something normal, and goes away bemused but excited by our
discussions of Space Ships and Time Gates.