Its been a little bit busy here-on two consecutive weekends in June we first hosted an Open Garden to raise money for the local Village Hall and then a Garden Party complete with marquee on the meadow for 85 guests to celebrate some very special anniversaries in our lives. Both events were incredible fun. And organising both has occupied us for the first 6 months of the year.
The Open Garden in the middle of June is an annual event in our village and this year 11 gardens were opened for two afternoons in the middle of June. It has been looming on our gardening horizon for quite some months, but the very idea of doing this quite crazy thing proved to be both mind focussing and rewarding. Many of the visitors were from the village but some came from the further ends of the county and over the boundary into Shropshire.The indifferent weather of the Saturday afternoon was surpassed by the very pleasant Sunday and as we were also selling ice cream and had a plant sale, people did arrive in numbers.Over the 2 days we had just over 120 visitors and I had enjoyable conversations with many of them.
In plant terms, the azaleas were finished and the roses had hardly started-it was such a late season, but the foxglves, lupins and astrantias were at their most magnificent and they filled the borders beautifully. The kolkwitzia and spirea arguta in full bloom were spectacular and enough of the irises were making a show for the absence of roses to be hardly noticed.
It has been a good year for lupins and delphiniums. The cool weather has kept the lupins going for ages and kept down the numbers of slugs but in a short week between Open Gardens and the party, the weather warmed up and the roses and most of the delphiniums came out in a rush. I will put up those pictures next time as otherwise i will never finish this post and you will all be bored reading.
Would I open the garden again? Maybe, but not next year. Having the 2 events a week apart was the spur we needed but we have spent many, many hours getting to the point of being ready in our own minds to share what we have.We love the garden and the setting but are oddly still thin-skinned about what other people think, even though we do what we do for pleasure. Having said that, people couldn’t have been kinder in their comments. But it has given me a new insight into the work involved and people who do chose to open their beloved private spaces on a regular basis, well I admire them enormously.