It was good to have that little ‘wobble’ last week, and good to be able to record it on the blog, as I can look back next year and confirm that despite the occasional nerves everything will come together in time for the openings; indeed, for anyone opening their garden I suspect there will always be things being done at the last minute however much preparation has been done. Soon after I wrote the post I was back on track, in the throes of cake making and ticking things off the ever-expanding list and now the feeling is one of excitement and anticipation. Thanks for all your best wishes and reassurances – I shall catch up with my responses to you in due course!
Checking the forecast it doesn’t look as if we need be concerned about the weather, as it is set fair for at least the next fortnight with temperatures into the 20s all next week. The last few days have seen several occasions when the sky clouded over as if rain was imminent but these blew over as quickly as they came; we did, however have a few random stray showers today, all brief and very light except for one which was much sharper but still brief. Fortunately it didn’t seem to take too many petals from the roses so the above view of the Rambling Rector (over the rose arbour in the foreground), New Dawn (climbing up a pillar of the same arbour) and the never-before-as-floriferous Rural England (on the pergola in the background) is unchanged.
Tasks on the to-do lists are dwindling, there are only two of the twenty planned cakes to bake and the Golfer has sacrificed the health of his knees for the sake of tidy paths, so while there is a little time to spare would like to have a peek inside the new greenhouse? It is still a work in progress so some of the contents are temporary, but I have thoroughly enjoyed adding it to my rambles around the garden, revelling in its distinctive smell, very different from the ‘working’ greenhouse at the other end of the garden. Come on in…
On the left we have a row of scented leaf pelargoniums with temporary colour from verbena on the upper shelf, whilst on the right the lower shelf has a canna, Eucomis autumnalis, pineapple sage Salvia elegans (courtesy of Joanna, Edinburgh Garden Diary) and sempervivum with temporary Busy Lizzies above.
You will see that all the pots and saucers are terracotta, a small extravagance perhaps, but after splashing out on the greenhouse I wanted to maintain the stylish appearance; not as extravagant as it might first seem, because more than half of these pots were bargain buys from one of the local ‘pound shops’. The larger pots are a mixture of existing and new ones, some from car boot sales which I will be scouring for more. On the floor these pots contain Hardenbergia violacea ‘Happy Wanderer’ and Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’:
Eucomis pole-evansii (courtesy of Christine, Croft Garden):
And bottle brush Callistemon sieberi ‘Injune’ and tender-perennial-but-usually-grown -outside-as-an-annual Cobaea scandens – it’s hard to believe the latter was grown from seed sown in January. Despite being pinched out there seems to be no stopping it making a bid for the roofspace – and don’t you just love those extraordinarily fine tendrils?
Hope you enjoyed popping and having a look – sorry I couldn’t offer you a chair as I haven’t yet found the ‘right one’! If you have any ideas for other plants that would enjoy a home here do let me know, especially early bulbs and unusual things I could grow from seed. It will be kept frost free in winter, benefitting from being attached to the house.