15th Annual Community Water-Wise Awards .. Do I have a chance?

 Today I entered a contest.. 
Tampa Bay Water is accepting applications for the 15th Annual Community Water-Wise Awards program. If your yard incorporates Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ principles with attractive design, it may have what it takes to win! The application is online at and must be received by June 30, 2013.
If you are a resident, business, builder or other organization in Hillsborough, Pasco and Pinellas counties as well as the cities of Tampa, St. Petersburg and New Port Richey, you are eligible to apply!
 For the past 9 years I've been working so hard to get this yard "Florida Friendly"
When I first moved in it was a messy slope and every time the rains came it would wash the soil down into the creek.  The only way I could see saving the soil was to create barriers of brick pavers and as much ground cover as I could.  Well I think I've finally achieved this with  many plantings that created roots to stop the erosion.  I also now do not need as much water to keep it all alive.
The contest asked for only one photo so I hope this collage is ok because it's the one I sent?
I do think I have a good chance because I went into their past winners and I can see I'm right in there.
What do you think? Please be honest with me because I'll be chewing my nails until it's over. 
I sent in my application today although I have a few months before they will send out someone to walk my yard (July)... (that is a good thing because I can still add a few things to make it even better).... The Prize is a simple stepping stone for my yard and that would really make me happy because it's acknowledging my hard work. 

Wish me luck!

 I'm linking up to
Outdoor Wednesday 
Share Your Cup Thursday 
Tuesdays Garden Party 


Pondside said...

It looks absolutely beautiful to me and I don't see why you wouldn't have a very, very good chance at winning. Good luck!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

Your yard is beautiful. best of luck. I hope you win.

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Your yard is beautiful with so many pretty plants and things to see. I especially like the plant with the sword like white edged leaves. It really is eye catching.

I hope you win. That pretty stepping stone will be perfect in your garden. Good luck to you.

ChArIsSe said...

best of luck sandy your yard looks pretty cool we're sure you've got a chance to win! Parol

A Creative Harbor said...

You are a winner whether you win 'the contest' or not ~ Beautiful yard and so ecologically sound ~ Great photos and great post for ODW ^_^

Leslie's Garden said...

I would definitely say you have a very good chance of winning! What you have accomplished is simply super! Good luck! Can't wait to hear the results!

bettyl said...

You did a great job! Good luck!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

That would be fabulous to win and I think you have a great chance! You have a beautiful lawn and you've used Florida friendly plants and landscaping! Nice job!

Jann Olson said...

Sandy, your yard is gorgeous! I think that you have a very good chance of winning. I will be routing for you! Thanks for SYC.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

I love your yard! It looks so beautiful...and all the work you did in making it conservation friendly...means it's a winner to me, whether your named the "winner" or not.
Your the one with the prize of a yard in my book!

Penny Carnathan said...

I'm Penny Carnathan and I write a gardening column for the Tampa Bay Times. I'm writing about the Water Wise Awards and I'd love to ask you a couple questions about why you're hoping to win. I'm on a deadline, so if I could talk to you tonight (May 23 - it's now 8:50 pm) or tomorrow, it would be great to include you in my story. My phone number is (813) 455-3472.