What To Do On a Wet Weekend in June

June is prime garden visiting time in the UK, particularly for gardens opening for the NGS and for group openings of village and neighbourhood gardens. Owners of these gardens will have spent weeks and maybe months working up to this particular weekend or day, titivating and tidying, weeding and watering, finishing those tasks which tend to get put off if you are keeping your garden to yourself. They are likely to have been avidly monitoring the weather, perhaps hoping for rain a few days beforehand to refresh their gardens but definitely dry and ideally sunny and warm for the actual opening. Rain may put fair weather garden visitors off, but please do have sympathy for those hardworking gardeners who are hoping to raise money for their charities through opening their gardens, as well as recognising the depth of heart and soul that has been invested in many of their plots.

Some of the most enjoyable open garden visits I have made have taken place in inclement weather – if it keeps the fair weather visitors away then the gardens are less crowded, photo opportunities easier and garden owners more readily available to have their brains picked. Not mention easier parking, more choice of plants for sale and (where available) more cakes! We had a very wet Saturday in the UK Midlands last weekend, not heavy but non-stop showers – brilliant for filling up all our water butts! The quantity of water resulting from a day like this is remarkable – one 100 litre water butt which had only just been moved so was very definitely empty was full and overflowing even after Friday’s overnight rain, and this is just one of 8 in different parts of the garden!

But what did we do on that wet Saturday apart from inspect our water butts? We visited Sue (From Sewing Room to Potting Shed)’s garden in Nottingham!

IMG_5158We had planned to visit on Sunday but fortunately realised in good time that other commitments prevented this and Saturday’s dampness became irrelevant. You can read all about her open garden weekend on the above link where you will also see that I wasn’t the only fellow blogger to visit! It was a delight to meet both Sue and Mr Malc and to see their garden for real – it puts her future blog posts into perspective and of course provides the 3D view missing from photographs. Sue has a similar penchant for recycling and use of the quirky, so it was a real pleasure to explore the winding paths of her garden admiring her plants and discovering new treasures – thanks for the opportunity and the friendly welcome, Sue!

IMG_5157SuesGarden

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9 Responses to What To Do On a Wet Weekend in June

  1. Nothing better than going to open gardens, thanks for sharing I don’t think I’ll get to this one… lol (I’m in Australia, thought i should mention that so you get the joke 🙂 ) I just did a post on an open I visited which might interest you.

  2. sueturner31 says:

    Hi Cathy. Thank you for your kind words, I’m glad you came and as you say it’s good to see the real thing. Especially a fellow blogger. Saturday was easy, Sunday was manic but amazing so many like minded people and so many plants sold. I may have to have a year off next year. 🙂

  3. homeslip says:

    I love visiting gardens and we often plan a walk around a NGS garden. Fortunately my husband likes tea and cake. No garden visiting this weekend though as it’s our allotment open day on Sunday.

  4. hoehoegrow says:

    What a gorgeous garden! We have our NGS Open day on Sunday 21st June (eek ! 2 days away!!) so I am cloud watching in-between weeding, hoeing and running around like a headless chicken!

  5. Brian Skeys says:

    The NGS open gardens is I think unique to this country which along with all the other organisations opening for charity raise a huge amount of money nationally. I will go and have a look at Sue’s blog.

  6. Anna says:

    We spent one of the wettest summer afternoons last summer garden visiting Cathy. The owners were opening for the very first time under the NGS so we felt compelled to go. Sue’s garden looks fabulous. What brilliant use of empty cotton reels. Wish that I did more sewing!

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