I’m a bad blogger, it is official – only 3 posts THIS YEAR. How rubbish is that?
Anyway … moving (quickly) on …..
What a wonderful summer we have had. To-day of course, the weather has reverted to wet and windy, and so, I am here, in front of my computer and having deleted zillions of rubbish emails from my inbox. Trashed gazillions of spam comments from this blog, updated our Gardening Club blog which has been languishing in a neglected corner of my mind for three months I have finally arrived here. I am practising displacement activity as once more, it is only 10 days until our garden opens again for the NGS, on the 7th September!
Age should really come with a health warning. Seriously, I don’t understand how time can fly past so quickly. Our June open garden was fabulous. We had a brilliant day, both weather wise and in the number of visitors through the door. The only lull was about 20 minutes at lunch time and I was pleased with how the garden looked, fresh and summery. Today, as I look out over the garden it has a very different feel – not better, not worse, simply different. It also has a sense of maturity this year.
The wind has been softer this summer (for the most part) the plants have stayed upright (for the most part!) Although this morning I did spend a lot of time beetling around with canes and string. One of these days I am going to seriously invest in plant supports that work I find that some of them have such flimsy bits that stick in the ground, that really, they don’t work as well as canes and string. Especially as if you try to push anything into our garden you are more often than not, likely to hit rock.
I did alter one area earlier in the year – for those of you who have visited the garden – it is the small square space behind my studio. Shedman had his greenhouse there for a couple of years, but last year he moved it to be with the other greenhouse and polytunnel. So a couple of weeks before the June open garden (Yes seriously a couple of weeks before … madness) we created wider borders, and put down a square area of bark for a table and chairs and all the “tropical plants” that spent last summer lurking behind the greenhouse, together with some dahlias were put in this area, some in pots and some direct into the ground.
The wooden arch that was at the gate into the main garden was moved down here and the passion flower on the studio is reaching out for it! Although next year I will probably plant something else to clamber over it.
This area really has become a little secret hide-away at the bottom of the garden. Also, as the majority of my tender plants are in here there is more chance of them finding themselves safely protected in the greenhouse for the winter. When they were scattered across the garden some were always missed!
Of course, now that I have created this area it does mean that I will be altering the planting to the left hand side of the arch in the top picture. I have bought a couple of shrubs, which are waiting in the wings and in the Autumn the left hand bed will be getting a bit of a make over.
So there we are … that’s me, still here, still planning plant combinations, still gardening, How about you?