End of Month View: June, Gone But Not Forgotten

With everything leading up to the garden opening, it’s been such a busy month – but there has been plenty to notice in the garden when I haven’t been cake-making, deadheading, erecting signs or counting the takings: wonderful roses and rapid growth in the cutting beds in particular, overseen by seemingly endless days of hot and dry weather and wall-to-wall blue skies. The blue sky and sunshine have been missing for the last week or so, with damp and cooler weather taking their place but without much in the way of rain; the roses are also having a break, but the cutting beds are going from strength to strength with early dahlias now being joined by cosmos, sunflowers, alonsoa, larkspur and antirrhinums, with zinnias and rudbeckia not far behind. I foresee great abundance In a Vase on Monday!

With the first of my two to group visits not till the week after next there is basic maintenance to be done on the garden in the interim. When the Assistant County Organisers visited on Sunday I asked if they had any comments about the opening and their only suggestion was to be careful about slippy paths caused by fallen rose petals – the Golfer had swept the paths again just the day before, but more petals would have been falling from the Rambling Rector the moment his back was turned so today I decided to carry out its after-flowering-pruning a few weeks earlier than I might otherwise have done. I will write a little more about it in due course, but in the meantime you can’t yet see the evidence in the End of Month View slideshow below. Visitors on the open days had a map to help them identify the different areas and find their way around, and you can refer to the same map under ‘The Garden’ tab above.

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25 Responses to End of Month View: June, Gone But Not Forgotten

  1. Heyjude says:

    How do you keep your hostas so nibbled free?

  2. It all looks so lush and wonderful. What a treat for your garden visitors.

  3. Your garden is looking lovely Cathy, very neat and tidy too. Maybe it’s good that there’s a bit of a break between the visitors – gives you time to smell the roses, much nicer than sweeping up the petals ….

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, very true, although i am looking forward to having my back sitting room put back to rights again ( and the back bedroom where all the stuff from the back sitting room is!) πŸ˜€

      • Oh, this sounds all too familiar to me! I’m toying with the idea of using the village hall for teas next year, but might miss seeing people sitting around in the garden enjoying tea and cake ….

        • Cathy says:

          My little cafe in the back sitting room worked so well that I wouldn’t want to change it, with overspill in the garden and sitooterie – as you say, good to see people sitting tgere with their tea and cake!

  4. nancytol says:

    Looks such a lovely spot for a slice of cake and a cuppa – I expect you’ve had some great feedback from the visitors

    • Cathy says:

      It was good to see people sitting and enjing the garden – I enjoy it but VERT rarely sit in it! And yes, interesting to read and hear the feedback

  5. All looks so lush and well cared for.

  6. johnvic8 says:

    You and your Golfer have done a magnificent job. No wonder you have had so many visitors. So very lovely.

  7. Cathy the garden is wonderful, each and every one of its parts. And so well taken care of. Enjoy the scent of your roses and petals on the floor just before the next group. Her cut beds are prolific in giving flowers! Have a nice week. Greetings from Margarita.

  8. A lovely reminder of a lovely afternoon! Thank you! I do like the slide show! Ps I’d still like to know your hosta secret!!

  9. Pauline says:

    How wonderfully neat and tidy everything looks, now its time to put your feet up and have a good rest!
    It has been a strange month with 2 extremes, it’s just as well that the plants can cope.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Pauline – I did have a fairly restful week last week, but there are always bits and bobs to do in the garden, aren’t there? Yes, I agree, plants gave coped surprisingly well

  10. Anna says:

    Your cutting beds have really got into top gear now – what a difference a few days make. Do you know what? I can’t remember seeing your snowdrop border 😦 Maybe the sun went to my head! Will have to have another reccie of your map.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, it’s amazing isn’t it? I just stand there gawping every time I go down there! The snowdrop border doesn’t of course look very snowdroppy at the moment – it’s the one to the left of the paved area and sitooterie, just past the rose arbour

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