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!
We 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!