Every year, for the weeks and months before the garden opening, I am focused on getting the garden ready to meet its public. The opening is a wonderful opportunity to make sure that everything in the garden is looking as good as it possibly can be on that weekend. The downside of this is that a lot of other things in life are put on hold. So, when the opening is over, my thoughts tend to move on to other important things that have been neglected. This means that the garden tends to get on with things on its own in June. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t avoid the garden. I mow the grass, water plants and dead-head and prune where necessary, I just don’t have the garden at the fore front of my mind. Now, that period is over for this year and I am back to thinking about the garden again.
Before I move on though, I thought you might like a quick update on the opening. It was a lovely sunny weekend and we made over £200 for the NGS Charities. I had been concerned that despite the dismal, cold weather we had this Spring, some visitors might have expected us to magically avoid all of it and have a garden with the plants that would normally be in flower in the first weekend of June. Thankfully I was totally wrong. People really appreciated the chance to see the Wisteria in all its glory :).
Certainly, over the years, I have come to learn that a different group of plants are in flower each time. This highlights how it is impossible to plan one’s flowering for a particular time of year. Yes, you can think that certain plants will be at their best, but you certainly can’t rely on that. Particularly in a small garden, it is best to plan for a succession of flowering.In larger gardens, it may be practical to walk past areas not at their best, but in the size of garden that many of us have these days, every inch of space has to work hard!
We had a number of visitors making return visits, which was particularly gratifying. This year, we had three canine visitors, but they were not necessarily as interested in the garden as their humans. However, Anya was overjoyed to meet even more canine friends.
As soon as the opening was over, I did some major pruning in the hope that it wasn’t too late and that there would be some regrowth before next year. We will just have to wait and see………………