All Work and No Play

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:

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16 Responses to All Work and No Play

  1. Great work, best of luck for the opening.

  2. I hope seeing these other gardens gave you courage. Your garden is beautiful and I know all will like it. A weed here and there will make you seem human. Don’t worry. The plants for sale look healthy. Best of luck with your opening.

  3. johnvic8 says:

    I do hope the Gardener is involved in the cake making. Best wishes for a marvelous opening and experience.

  4. I do like your inspiring pebbles, Cathy. Always good to visit a nice NGS garden especially so close to yours being open, reminds me to try and fit one in myself!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Kate. Hope all is going well with your preparations too and that you get to vit a garden – you will probably have to travel further to do so though!

  5. Cathy, I’m sure everything is going to go very well at the opening of her beautiful garden. The plants for sale are beautiful and the painted pebbles I love. Good luck. Greetings from Margarita.

  6. Anna says:

    Oh those borders in the first and third photos look exquisitely planted and despite all that water not a slug bite in sight on that hosta. Glad that you were able to get out to play for the day although I’m sure that there’s absolutely no danger of you and the Golfer morphing into dullards. This helper has just replied to your email 🙂

  7. Brian Skeys says:

    It does you good on several levels to visit other NGS gardens. I found it very time consuming to price label each plant, I now price plants according to pot size displayed on a board. Wishing good weather on your days.

  8. Sam says:

    Definitely important to take time out to see other gardens. There’s a huge amount of behind-the-scenes work that goes on to open a garden – it all sounds as though you’re well on track and everyone will love your garden.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes indeed, but the work is a labour of love and most of which I’d be doing anyway, although not necessarily in the same timeframe!

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