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By suee


Well … Here I sit … Getting the garden ready to open has been a long haul this year…. Maybe I am just getting older … I thought it would be easier the second year.

Last year we were still finishing the garden the day before we first opened …. This year I thought it would be just a matter of actual “gardening” …

But there was the weather … Too wet, too hot … Perfect for gardening when I was unable to do so … And the wildlife we are always open for !

Moles,pigeons,mice and “Peter”. Peter moved in some weeks ago, well, perhaps that isn’t fair …. He was just visiting initially, sampling the various delicacies on offer – Heucheras and Campanulas were a definate favourite, a good pudding after all those tender young veggies. We would here a rustling in the vegetation or see him hop by as we sipped a glass of wine in the evenings. He would disappear along the lane and into the hedgerow .

We decided it was time for him to go … Wire was applied along the gates and hedges blocked up. We went off to the Malvern Spring Show,returned exhausted mid afternoon to see Peter waiting for us – on the other side of the gate,inside the garden ….

The garden is now “ready” this is the second week of opening. We live at the end of a very narrow lane, with no passing places so decided to avoid chaos and neighbours hounding us from the area we would open over a long period, two afternoons a week. Hoping for a “trickle” of people, avoiding a one off stampede and weekends when neighbours are more unpredictable in their movements.

It also means people can see the garden develop over the summer – as all gardeners know a garden can change overnight. I can’t imagine doing all this work for one day when the weather could spoil everything.

A very close friend of mine died with Breast Cancer some years ago and cancer has touched many of my family. I wanted to do “something”. … A chance meeting with the local NGS organiser led to this !

I loved opening my garden last year and hope that people loved visiting it. I met some wonderful people – but , then that’s what we are, we gardeners !And there is always something to talk about and to learn.

And of course there are always cakes ! Although maybe it was just aswell it rained yesterday – a very burnt fruit cake and the beautiful coffee cake that slid apart as I rushed across the kitchen too late as it splogged on the floor were not a good way to start the day ….

If only it would stop raining maybe someone will visit this year !

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I am sure people will come, especially the people that saw it last year. I love revisiting gardens to see how the garden has developed.

good luck and hope the rain stays away for you.

28 May, 2014


its a good scheme!!
all the best.

28 May, 2014


It's so lovely! I haven't been to an open garden before, I'm very new to gardening. I didn't even know people opened their gardens to the public! I'll have to keep my eyes open for any round here so I can go have a nosey at how the proper gardeners do it :)

28 May, 2014


Those two pictures have left me wanting more - and that's not just cake. Good luck and let us know how it goes.

28 May, 2014


Good luck with your open garden. Mine is open the weekend after next.

28 May, 2014


Fifegarden, the NGS scheme produce a little booklet with details of which gardens are open and when. Ask at your local garden centre - they are free.

Suee, those poppies are stunning! I bet you could have cried when the cake fell on the floor, what an awful thing to happen. Better luck next time. Hope yo have lots of admiring visitors.

28 May, 2014


Andrew, good luck for your garden too.
Fife, be prepared to become an Open Garden addict - like me.

29 May, 2014


It seems like the NGS is only in England and the Scottish equivalent is mostly stately homes and estates. Here was me thinking I'd get to go round Joe Public's garden, lol.

29 May, 2014


Fife - you'll have to emigrate to England :-)

29 May, 2014

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