Well, arrows at least!
Apologies for keeping a fairly low blogging profile this week as I have been busy tweaking the garden and making cakes and generally preparing for our informal garden opening tomorrow. Apart from things that have to be done on the day I think we are now pretty much prepared.
The arrows show a suggested route to encourage one-way traffic, and several short but heavy downpours today have shown that the permanent marker the arrows were drawn with is not as permanent as I would have hoped! The weather forecast for tomorrow has changed several times in the last few days and is currently suggesting rain by late afternoon, but we and our visitors will have to take it as it comes, rain or shine.
I am not looking for approbation and praise from visitors, but do hope that they will gain as much pleasure from it as I do and I will be interested to find what aspects they find most appealing and perhaps see what things they have discovered that I might have missed. Today climbing rose ‘New Dawn’ (below left) surprised me with her perfect pale pink blooms; this year, having escaped from the vigorous clutches of ‘dirty lavender’ Clematis jouiniana which has been moved to a different post, she has reached the top of her own post and is revelling in the fresh air and freedom and the looser embrace of the Rector. Elsewhere, several new clematis were added last year, and admittedly the first huge flower on C ‘Franziska Maria’ (below right) didn’t actually creep up on me without any warning but her size is pretty impressive!
I am still amazed at the height and spread of Delphinium ‘Camelot’ as I have never succeeded with delphinium before and find the scale of this one astonishing, especially as it towers above me; however, something must be going on in this part of the blue & white border as to the left one of the echinops is also towering over my head and to the right there are several Gladiolus colvillii ‘The Bride’ which have been there years but never done anything before now.
Similarly, by the stream Zantedeschia aethiopica ‘Crowborough’ and a clump of iris (possibly Iris ensata) have both taken it upon themselves to flower after several years on strike:
And I finally have an actual clump of Alstroemeria, Indian Summer I think, although admittedly it was halfway there last year and for some reason must be quite happy to be in this fairly dry and poor soil on the fringe of one of the bold borders:
The final discovery of the week was the start of the raspberry crop, hidden from view from outside the fruit cage, and desperately wanting to be picked…slings and arrows of outrageous fortune? Perhaps…