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Open Garden 2014 (will it be rained off?)

AndrewR

By AndrewR

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‘Devonia’ was open for two days again this year, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th June.

Saturday dawned dry, but by 10am it was raining heavily.

All the plants for sale were getting a good watering.

But two hours later it stopped, and by 2pm when we opened, the sun was shining.

And the plants for sale were standing to attention and shouting “buy me!”

Despite the good weather, there was a disappointing turn-out. Maybe the free food festival at the local Arts Centre on the other side of Bracknell was to blame. At least Barney junior didn’t get scared by too many visitors.

Meanwhile, Maureen had been working hard on the foliage garden.

As usual, there were lots of questions about plants – what are they?

The most asked about were rosa ‘Leverkusen’ on the arch, and cornus kousa ‘Cherokee’ just beyond it, against the fence.

The ‘biggest surprise’ plant getting questions was this rhododendron with blue foliage – R. campanulatum ssp aeruginosum.

That’s eleven years of opening the garden, and only one wet one!

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I'm glad to hear that you ended up with sunshine, Andrew. You were good, opening for the Festival w/end! :-))

18 Jun, 2014

 

I'm not sure whether opening for the Festival Weekend was a good move. Yes, there was more publicity around, but the downside is the number of gardens that open - there were two others very close to Bracknell (but not close enough that you could get to all three in an afternoon).
Despite the low numbers, we sold a lot of plants. One professional gardener, who visited on his way back from London to Bournemouth, bought all twelve potted crocosmias.

18 Jun, 2014

 

It was very kind to you that weather, shame not as many visitors but bet those that came had a great time. :O) Do you do another day later on in the summer? Its a lovely garden with lots of interesting plants, and Barney and Maureen to show people around helps I am sure. lol :O)

18 Jun, 2014

 

Olive - that's it for general openings this year, although I do still take groups for private visits during the summer. Just taken a booking for a local U3A Garden Group in early July.

18 Jun, 2014

 

oh well lots of visitors still then to see your very nice garden. Wish I lived near I would definitely have come to see it all. :O) I have always wanted to do the tours of local gardens but have always been doing cricket teas or something else on the days they are open. Next year will be different though as I am retiring from doing teas and hopefully will be able to go along and visit the local ones at long last. lol :O) YAY!!!!!!

18 Jun, 2014

 

Pleased the weather turned good on the day Andrew and as you said you did sell some plants, its a shame your numbers were down but perhaps you'll make it up through the season with your private bookings...

18 Jun, 2014

 

Sorry that your numbers were down, better luck next year!

18 Jun, 2014

 

Our County Organised advised against opening on the Festival w/end, because of the fragmentation of visitors, which is probably what happened in your case, Andrew. I was pleased I took her advice! I'm probably opening for groups next year. I've got one group coming on July 4th this year.

19 Jun, 2014

 

Spritz - as it was a late decision on my part to have an Open Garden this year (I was only going to open by appointment), I decided to go for the Festival Weekend because of the extra publicity. But I will not do it again, as the visitor numbers were so disappointing. My group is coming on July 4th as well.

19 Jun, 2014

 

Mine are only coming for about an hour!!!

20 Jun, 2014

 

Mine might stay for two hours because they are getting (and paying for) tea and biscuits as well.

20 Jun, 2014

 

Apparently, they're 'doing' two gardens in an afternoon, so they'll get tea at the second one - well, it saves me having to do it! I was a bit peeved, actually, because I'd got friends (and me) making scones to provide a cream tea.

21 Jun, 2014

 

It's a shame you're not closer - I could have sent my group round for tea!

21 Jun, 2014

 

LOL.

22 Jun, 2014

 

Looking through old blogs and found this of your lovely garden. Wish I lived near:-)

13 Feb, 2015

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