“Kate, are you there?” I yelled into her answerphone, “Come round for a cup of tea, the garden is looking fab”
Kate returned my call I told her the garden was looking wonderful and she duly came round for a cup of tea and to examine the garden after my claims of it looking fab and perfect.
Obviously it did not look perfect;- as no weeding, or rather very little has been done this year, no lawn edging, and no staking, no cutting back and there are some rather big planting gaps. The top pond has been removed, but the new patio has not been made, some things have got rather out of hand and the cutting garden is a disaster area ….. but apart from that it was “fab and perfect”
I am not in the habit of announcing that my garden is looking “fab and perfect” but recently I have been keeping a close eye on it, as next year I want to open it twice! (gulp). I am trying to judge “that moment” I know we all have “that moment” and for me at this time of year it is the moment when the peonies start opening, the iris sibirica are still around and the roses are blooming. A new addition to the June garden is phlomis russeliana, which is flowering for the first time and was given to me by Patient Gardener a couple of years ago.
My dilemma of course, is when will “that moment” occur next year …..
In 2011 that moment occurred in the week of the 11th June and looking back at the images, the garden was further on than it was the same week this year. In 2012 I was photographing the peony and astrantia combination and muttering about rain and gales.
Anyway Kate came for tea, we went around the garden with a fine tooth-comb teacups in hand and decided that yes it did (or rather would) look good enough to open in June as well as September, so I am thinking that I will open it on the 8th June 2014 …… or would the 15th be better? That is my dilemma!
When does your garden have “that moment” where (albeit with the aid of rose tinted spectacles) everything looks fab and perfect?