Blog 14. 2007 - the wettest year on record!
Our first open day in early May – we still had 135 visitors. Because of the appalling weather, we decided to open the next weekend as well and got another 245 visitors – and it was a sunny day!
28 May I started planting up with summer bedding. That afternoon the sky look ominous – I had never seen one like it. The heavens opened and an inch of hail covered the ground – peppering the bizzie lizzies I’d just put out.
The same night the temperature plummeted to freezing and we stayed up until 1am covering the new acer leaves and bedding plants with fleece. It was just 2 days before the initial judging for the Daily Mail National Garden Competition!
The fleece took two weeks to dry out in the lounge!
14 June – I had to make bigger drainage holes in the pots!!
14 June – overnight rainfall
We back onto a park – the Arboretum. We awoke in the morning to hear the sound of a torrent and through the trees could see what looked like a river flowing in the park.
3 July, we went to a champagne reception for the competition finalists at Hampton Court – we had three torrential downpours and thunderstorms!
The weather carried on in an unpredictable fashion. Were the plants in pots looking sad because they were dry or waterlogged? Mostly, it was the latter.
But the perennials loved it. This was taken in early August
We had another open day on 12 August and the weather was lovely
And another open day on 2 September when it was cool but dry.
First frost 20 October
And we had the most spectacular autumn. This photo was taken on 4 November.
First snow 18 November
Frost 13 December
1300 visitors enjoyed the garden in 2007, despite the weather. Let’s hope that 2008 will be a better year for weather – and the gardens!!!!
- 24 Apr, 2008
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