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We open our small garden on May 29th for the NGS……this will be our first opening.. had we known at the time it was to be the worst winter in 100 years and the driest Spring on record, we might have changed our minds!!
To open for the NGS has always been my ambition, since visiting beautiful gardens all around the country, my favourite being Eastgrove in Worcs with the most amazing borders whatever time of the year you visited, and a medium sized garden Cedar Lodge Blakeshall Wolverley, Both sadly not open now.
So to be accepted and to open on our own is rather daunting to say the least….
How many people will turn up, will they like the garden, how much milk, sugar, tea bags, squash, cakes, plants
will we have enough or too much?
Are the roses going to last, why are all the Clematis flowering now, will it rain what will we do if it does, our garden room is not that large!!
I keep making lists, buying more plants, dead heading, poor OH is worn out already.
Chelsea must be a nightmare this year, so our troubles are very small in comparison….
If any of you would like to visit we would be overjoyed to see you, I am the old wrinkly blonde (more Carol Kline than Rachel de Thame, these days) our daughters will be helping eldest daughter making her well known (locally) cup cakes grandchildren selling plants, so it will be a family affair.
Being as we are only five minutes walk from the beach it makes for a lovely day out….

One of the borders taken by Fergus (age 8) yesterday, we are hoping to make a gardener out of him, he takes a better picture than I do lol

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Oh Dd I am so looking forward to visiting your garden. Floribunda is picking me up and we are coming down. It will be a long journey, so we shall be eager for that cup of tea and a cake. I can imagine how you are feeling, and would love to come and help if you were nearer. I am waiting to hear from Flori the final details, what time she will be picking me up, so hope we shall all have a lovely day weatherwise. Thinking of you ... The photo is absolutely stunning !!

19 May, 2011

 

I hope you have a wonderful day-- I love the Heuchera urn-- delightful--
I understand from the newspapers that Chelsea gardeners are having to do just as you and change their planting schemes -- so you'll be in good company and I'm sure all will be well xxx

19 May, 2011

 

Good luck with your opening Dd, everyone will love your garden :-)

19 May, 2011

 

good luck..... im sure everyone one will love your garden....

19 May, 2011

 

I'm hoping to visit ... all depends on OH and his health ... coffee without sugar for me ... lol!

19 May, 2011

 

How wonderful! Your garden is so beautiful too. Good luck with the opening. I wish I lived nearer, I would definitely visit.

19 May, 2011

 

hope your day goes well dotty and stop worrying, your garden is beautifull and everyone will love it, im sure people understand to well about the seasons not going to plan as they will have the same problems themselves so buck up and enjoy your day, will be thinking of you and wish i could be there,glad you will get to meet cinders and flori, how exciting for you all ;o)) x

19 May, 2011

 

I hope you have a most fantastic day, please post lots of photos , I'll be thinking of you.

19 May, 2011

 

Dont Worry, it will be a great day DD, Hundreds will visit and you will sleep like a log afterwards :) Your garden is Gorgeous everyone will love it...enjoy your day... as much as you can, that is..

19 May, 2011

 

Your garden always looks beautiful DD whatever time of year:-), only wish I was a bit nearer so I could come too.

19 May, 2011

 

Good luck with the open day, DD2, I'm sure the visitors will love your garden. Congratulations to Fergus, too, that's a great photo.

19 May, 2011

 

Cinders I am really looking forward to meeting you and Flori, you can stay as long as you like, a cuppa will be at the ready after your long journey. Pam Louise and Holly thanks for your good wishes it is always difficult doing something for the first time, fear of the unknown and all that.
Shirley it would be lovely to see you and your OH hope he gets well soon...Michaella many thanks, San your very kind, KF and YDD I will enjoy it as long as the weather is good and we don't run out of cake lol

19 May, 2011

 

I also wish I could come. I will be at Chelsea on Tuesday....your garden will be as good as any of theirs if this photo is anything to go by....and it will be REAL!! Enjoy your wonderful day...looking forward to Flori and Cinders and Shirleys' blogs/pics of the day!

19 May, 2011

 

Good luck for the opening Dotty, I`m sure it will all go without a hitch. Your garden really does look lovely and I love the urn with the Heucheras. :o)

19 May, 2011

 

Your garden is looking beautiful Dotty! If I was visiting, I'd be thrilled to walk into your garden...I wish I lived closer! I know you won't stop fretting until it's over, but I honestly think everyone will love it! Your heucheras are great, it's lovely idea to put them in the urn. Good luck!

19 May, 2011

 

Your garden looks fantastic....no need to worry about folk being critical or not liking it. I'm sure you'll have plenty of compliments on your garden and your hospitality (with your daughter's signature cupcakes)...and what fun to have Flori and Cinders arriving to give you some great support :)

I too think your urn with the heucheras looks made for the job...a lovely focus for that area of the garden. Enjoy all the compliments that will surely come your way and congratulations on your first open day, DD.

19 May, 2011

 

that pic is amazing angela ........... he shud do that wen he grows up ............. you will have a fab day , so dont worry hun , and your garden is far from small ............. full of lovely things . have a great day , wish i cud be there . x

19 May, 2011

 

I wish you all the very best on the day DD. No need to worry, your garden is gorgeous and you have wonderful plants. Its understandable that you are anxious about how the weather will be etc. I'm looking forward to seeing the photos of the day. Has it been stressful going through the NGS process. Fergus is a good photographer.

19 May, 2011

 

Wishing you good luck and have a wonderful day, all will be well. You garden looks a treat.

19 May, 2011

 

Oh dear I am overcome with emotion thank you all so much for your lovely comments, I am sending you all a big hug what would I do without you all?
I shall probably be off the computer now for a while, last minute jobs to be done, you know what it is like........so see you all soon Angela xxxx

19 May, 2011

 

Have a spectacular day, hope all goes well for you, find time to relax and just enjoy yourself. It will all go very well I am sure. Good luck.

20 May, 2011

 

I hope you have a chance to enjoy your day Dotty. I wish I lived nearer and could come. Good luck with the weather (you don't need it for your lovely garden) xx

20 May, 2011

 

Good luck for your big day hope it goes well I'm sure everyone will love your garden:)

20 May, 2011

 

see you soon .................. have agreat day

20 May, 2011

 

DD - your garden is looking good, well done. Visitors only see the good bits; only you know the bits you are not so happy with. Try to have enough helpers so you don't have to do anything - visitors love to talk to the owner!
Have a great day and enjoy it.
PS. Give me Carol Klein over Rachel de Thame any day

20 May, 2011

 

Wow, brave girl. Good luck & fabulous weather 4 the BIG day. Lovely heucherellas

21 May, 2011

 

I shall have a chat with my wife Kelly and see if we can pop over and have a look at your fab garden.
Do I need to ask for your mum!!!!

22 May, 2011

 

Oliveoil, Annella, Nana. Cristina, Adoons thanks for all your good wishes...just popped on for a quick look at my messages.
Andrew at the moment we have howling gales now, and no rain!! pleased you prefer Carol lol
Trees would love to see you both, you an ask but I dont think you would wake her, she is 6ft under!! lol

23 May, 2011

 

Only a few days now then Dotty, hope the winds havent done any damage. Best wishes x

24 May, 2011

 

lovely photo ~ well done grandson; lovely garden ~ well done you! i hope you can relax and enjoy your open day ~ it looks beautiful.

25 May, 2011

 

Dawn many thanks, the wind is still causing damage to the flower beds, but, what can you do?
Sticki thanks, just hoping the weather will be ok for the day, the forcast is not brilliant.

25 May, 2011

 

sometimes the forecast is wrong! you could have a few umbrellas handy??!!

25 May, 2011

 

Hooray ... we've actually had some rain overnight and early this morning ... just after I've mulched and soaked the garden. Grrr! : o ))

26 May, 2011

 

Sticki good idea they would have to be very small ones as the garden is tiny and you would keep bumping in to one another ot taking someones eye out !!
Shirley had a minute shower this morning, at the moment we have gale force winds which are driving me crazy and making OH very bad tempered, he told me off for flattening the grass lol

26 May, 2011

 

Could you not hover a couple of inches across the grass then ... lol! The rain shower was a waste of time as the strong wind has dried everything up again! . . . .

26 May, 2011

 

all the best for your weather and open garden
you could make the visitors share the umbrellas ~ they will make new friends that way!!

26 May, 2011

 

Thanks Stiki, what a good idea. Shirley we have had a couple of good downpours this afternoon, but the wind is still gusting.

26 May, 2011

 

The plants will be very grateful for the rain . . .

26 May, 2011

 

Get some rest Dottydaisy it will soon be here - enjoy - Good Luck

26 May, 2011

 

Thanks Oliveoil for your kind thoughts, I am going to have an early night for a change I am shattered, I just wish I was ten years younger lol

26 May, 2011

 

has that wind stoped now ............... hows the nerves , ok i hope !!! enjoy it

27 May, 2011

 

Cristina no the wind is still gusting, and it is cold as well, have just given up fretting now, nothing I can do about the weather.
Emma and I made 100 cup cakes for the day, and they look very nice.

28 May, 2011

 

Dottydaisy - your garden is fabulous - Michael and I would like to tell you (and everybody else on here) how welcoming both you, your OH and other family members were when we visited on your very first NGS Open Garden day today. Will post a blog about it tomorrow. : o )))))

29 May, 2011

 

I agree with Shirley, your garden is stunning, and so full of interest. Thank you for making us all so welcome.

29 May, 2011

 

oooooooooooooooo how did it go hun ...... was the wether ok and those cup cakes yummm

29 May, 2011

 

Lol, Cristina, you won't believe how amazing the garden & cakes were ... blog about it tomorrow!

29 May, 2011

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Angela I'm so sorry I missed this and hope you had a wonderful day ,your garden looks amazing i'm sure you had nothing to worry about , I'm afraid I had one very poorly sick cat that was taking a lot of nursing at about that time , we nursed her throught it and she will be 22 today :o)

6 Jun, 2011

 

Oh my goodness, Amy, that's a wonderful age for a cat to reach! Happy returns to her. : o ))

6 Jun, 2011

 

Amy... please your cat is far more important than our garden, I am so pleased to hear she is feeling better, know the situation well!! Shirley Flori and Cinders put on such lovely blogs OH and I were very moved by them, I am sure they must have gone to the wrong garden at times lol

7 Jun, 2011

 

Oh no we didnt !

7 Jun, 2011

 

Lol Cinders.......I thought you had gone to bed!!

7 Jun, 2011

 

Nice photo Fergus! Lovely part of your garden Daisy :)

26 Jun, 2011

 

Hope your second open day has gone as well as the first one DD. It will probably be all over time you read this.

26 Jun, 2011

 

Thanks Pixi, Cinders the weather was perfect, so hot, not so many visitors as last time but still a great turn out, sold loads of cake!! and Margot and her OH came (Tetra) another lovely GOY couple. We open again tomorrow this is an experiment to see how a week day goes, will let you know......

26 Jun, 2011

 

DD...you've had a great day...so good to hear that. I hope you find a weekday works out just as well too. It's nice you could meet Tetra and hubby :)

27 Jun, 2011

 

Whiston we had another good day, weather hot must have had 54 people visiting.......

28 Jun, 2011

 

Oh that's so great, DD....so pleased your open day went so well for you and especially that the weather co-operated. You'll be an old hand at these open garden days, DD. :)

29 Jun, 2011

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