Well it’s been fun the past few days, hasn’t it? We’ve found the best gardens in Crosby, honorably mentioned those who didn’t quite make the top ten and I imagine we’ve all made some friends along the way (if you didn’t, what’s wrong with you?). So all in all, the CGBAs have been a great success.
And as I’ve said before, the competition was much harder than I initially thought. There were probably twenty, possibly more, gardens that could have warranted a place in the top ten. But then again, most gardens in Crosby are relatively well maintained so you can’t really criticize anybody for a lack of effort. I know if I were to do a similar competition back home I’d probably struggle to muster up as many candidates as I did here. So well done everybody; even if we didn’t include you there is a good chance we think your garden is pretty neat too.
Unless you live in Ironton that is (we jest, we jest).
We haven’t completely finished our awards just yet either, so if you were thinking this was it then you’d be wrong. Very wrong. Catastrophically wrong, in fact.
Anyway, on our travels around Crosby we also came across several gardens that perhaps didn’t just have enough to deserve a spot on our shortlist but they did catch our attention in some way. In other words they had a nice idea or gimmick that we thought was pretty cool. So we photographed it. And now we’re going to post them here and give them some deserved credit. People who want to be in the running for the CBGA’s next year (if we have one), pay close attention.
Firstly we have a gazebo. Why do we like it? Well does it look appealing (who doesn’t want to sit there)? It’s welcoming, isn’t it? This gazebo also has a nice flowery backdrop to admire while you knock back a few drinks after a long hard day at work. Classy.
Next, a swinging basket. Vanna liked it because it reminded her of a witches pot (good use of a big pot apparently) and I just thought it was cool. It was a centerpiece to the garden, and we at the CBGAs love a good centerpiece. We feel the circle of surrounding flowers helps to emphasis this effect. I hope you’re all taking notes.
Our next vote of appreciation goes to this Birdhouse. If you’ve got an old dead tree in the middle of your garden, why don’t you turn it into something useful? The picture probably doesn’t do it justice but the very first time I saw it I was quite impressed. Kudos people, kudos.
And finally we have an old barrel that has been converted to a flower container. Not only is it a clever (and cool) idea, it is all pretty and colorful. This house also had some multicolored brickwork surrounding the garden so I was generally quite impressed. Let’s see more of these around the place, citizens of Crosby. It adds something different to your garden and I, for one, want more people using old objects like barrels to beautify their garden. You never know who is watching. (We are. We definitely are)
And sadly, that is the end of the Crosby Best Garden Awards. I hope you’ve enjoyed what we’ve brought to you. We’ve done our best to capture the beauty of Crosby’s finest but you’ve really got to see it in person to truly appreciate how wonderful some of these gardens are. I suppose you’ll just have to take our word for it.
Anyway, we appreciate your views and your support (even though it was unspoken I knew it was there), it means a lot. I also give my thanks to my girlfriend, assistant judge and photographer Vanna Raba, who despite her reluctance to look like a tourist, (begrudgingly) came with me regardless and photographed all our potential award-winning* gardens in a professional and enthusiastic (ha) manner. The lady in question would have probably given thanks to you, the viewers, and of course the President and Founder of the CBGAs (both me) for their contributions but I think she found it all too overwhelming to comment. Well, that’s the assumption I’ve made anyway.
So that’s that for this year’s CBGAs. Normal blog posts will resume shortly after, with the usual combination of sarcasm, complaining and general moaning about life (it’s raining again, by the way). Until then, we salute you and say our goodbyes.
Founder, President and Main Judge of the Crosby Best Garden Awards.
*Don’t forget, no actual awards given to any houses mentioned…none of them even know they were entered in the first place.