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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

24 October

30 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!!!!

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Stunning pictures I think many a visitor to your gardens last year would have been awe struck with it's beauty no matter what the weather was like.

Fingers crossed that this year it will be a little drier summer and you get even more visitors to your amazing

24 Apr, 2008


Thanks for your blogs, they are really interesting and the colours are beautiful!

24 Apr, 2008


How i enjoyed reading about your 2007 year of good&bad weather in your Beautiful Garden FSG,Just shows how commented Yourself & Visters really are doesnt it :) By the way i love your flower shape lawn FSG X

24 Apr, 2008


Thankyou for posting this article and 'hats off ' to you as you document each stage and condition so well. I cannot imagine the work involved in maintaining this spectacular garden site. It must be wonderful for all of those fortunate enough to visit.

24 Apr, 2008


Congratulations on your "grand" opening. I'm glad you had such a nice turnout--considering the weather.

Your place looks beautiful. Being in Texas, I especially miss the colorful foliage from your autumn pix.

25 Apr, 2008


Writing the blogs is a really good way of documenting things. It is a way of telling the story and reminding ourselves of what we've been through!!!

27 Apr, 2008


T'was indeed a wet old year that...

29 Apr, 2008

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