It would be easy to stay largely at home and keep on tweaking the garden in preparation for the approaching open days, but that could make the Golfer and me a pair of dullards – so on Monday we swapped our Garden Opening hats for Garden Visitor’s hats and visited some other gardens open for the National Garden Scheme. We chose a group opening of four gardens in the village of Newtown Linford, about half an hour’s drive away. They were quite different in size and focus, but none were pristine or fussy or left us feeling that our own was inadequate or substandard in any way. The River Lin, where brown trout and kingfishers can be seen, ran past the bottom of one of the gardens and through the middle of another – now that’s a real water feature! – and the largest had extensive views over the Charnwood countryside.
Back home, the tweaking continues: helpers have been contacted to confirm their availability, certain missing years of photographs have been tracked down on an external hard drive, a schedule for cake making has been drawn up, the paths are looking pristine (apart from wisteria petals, rose petals and, um, more rose petals…) and I am confident that all is still on target. I have now started moving the plants for sale from their temporary nursery at the bottom of the garden to the back of the house, roughly dividing them into two groups so visitors have an equal chance to purchase on the two opening days – it will take many journeys to move them all! They have been labelled as they were potted up although labels still need to be coded for prices, but I shall do that a few days before, once we put the plant sales table in position.
Oh, and I have added some more pebbles to my collection: