Six on Saturday: Collywobbles

A few days ago I had a minor attack of the collywobbles, aware that it was but three weeks till our first (and only) group visit to the garden and just four weeks till the first of the three open days – and there still seemed such a lot to do. With a concerted blitz on a range of little tasks, the attack was quickly quelled and most of those remaining should be completed this weekend, leaving cake baking and on-going maintenance for the final few weeks. As a celebrity interviewee said during recent television coverage of the Chelsea flower show, opening your garden ensures you finish all the jobs that you have meaning to do for ages and anything that I have done in preparation is largely for my own satisfaction rather than the pleasure of visitors.

Today you can  see a route through the woodland again, thanks to a refreshing of the existing but hidden-under-foliage bark path; sadly the bark supply ran out before I could complete the area under the apple trees but on completion this too is going to look so much better, a huge improvement on the spent narcissi foliage and encroaching weeds.

Our collection of photographic pictures are brought inside over winter to prolong their life and so far show no signs of fading or deterioration. The ones from the wall at the back of the blue & white border were replaced some weeks ago, but those on the ‘gallery fence’ needed new supports because the fence had been replaced and the job blitz got this done so the pictures are now back in place:

For a brief period the paved area looked clear as the Golfer had finished tinkering with the vintage mangle and mower; this did not last long as they were soon replaced with other jobs-in-hand, thankfully jobs of a smaller scale and less obstructive of my views from the kitchen windows.

The main borders are stuffed full with late spring aquilegia, astrantia and alliums, with oriental poppies just about to burst from their fat buds, but the cutting beds desperately need more than just a drop of rain to bulk up and make any sort of an impact. Nevertheless, there are some new treats elsewhere, and for the first time (not for want of trying) I have camassia and never-tried-before gladiolus (G ‘Green Star’).

Watching all the buds begin to appear on rambling rose ”Rambling Rector I was disappointed that it looked as if it would be flowering early this year, meaning our visitors would miss its dependable floriferousness; not so, it now seems, as there is still no sign of them opening so our visitors will be in for a treat, even though they will miss the wisteria which as you may have seen yesterday is breathtaking. I have taken today’s photo looking along the back of the house, to give you an idea of how much the racemes dangle – this variety, Wisteria floribunda Multijuga’, has racemes up to 24″ long although these have not quite reached that yet.

Thanks to Jon the Propagator for facilitating the sharing of my collywobbles in this Six on Saturday meme – thankfully, the collywobbles have gone and it’s onwards and upwards towards our 2019 garden openings!

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33 Responses to Six on Saturday: Collywobbles

  1. Heyjude says:

    Good luck with the openings, I am sure they will go fine, you have a lovely garden and deserve to feel very proud of all the work that you and the Golfer do in it.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jude – I do know it will all be all right when the time comes, but I seem to have a little wobble each year although it soon passes as I am a pretty organised person. It gives me such pleasure to share the garden with visitors

  2. Pauline says:

    I remember the feeling of “panic stations” when we used to open, I know you will get everything done on time and you will be ready for all your visitors, then you can enjoy it all.

  3. Gorgeous! Your garden is a treat.

  4. Noelle says:

    The wisteria is a real star this week. Visitors are really welcome…as you say, it’s a way to get all those jobs done! A real surge of energy and everything is looking ship shape.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, and retirement doesn’t bring 24 hours a day of free time of course, as you will know; usually I might have no more than a couple of hours to spend in the garden on a typical day

  5. Oh what a lovely garden, hope all goes well for the opening. I particularly like your gallery fence, what a great idea.

  6. That Wisteria really is wonderful! And the garden are the mounted/framed? Such a great idea!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Chris. The photos are printed onto exterior canvas and block mounted – professionally done but at a ‘bargain’ price at the time. They couldn’t give a life span but this must be their third year and they are still going strong after about 8 months each year in all weathers.

  7. Cathy your Wisteria is awesome and is a gem. The garden is magnificent and full of wonderful flowers and plants. I am sure both the guided tour and after the opening of your garden will be a success with all the work invested by the golfer and you. Your garden is a treasure! Greetings from Margarita.

  8. Looking good Cathy!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Allison – things always look better as the borders begin to fill out and I have been surprised how slowly some of newer perennials have been to get going. I have some pots of lilies ready to pop into gaps in the borders but having them in one place at the moment makes it easier to inspect them for lily beetle!

  9. I hope that the wobbles are well and truly behind you Cathy. I’m positive that all will be alright on the night. Did that celebrity say that opening your garden ensured that you did all the jobs that you had been intending to do for the last twenty years or did I imagine that? His comment made me smile.

    • Cathy says:

      Yes, wobbles of any description are gone now and I have had another good day today, crossing lots of little things of the list. And yes, the celebrity did mention 20 years but I don’t think we have any jobs quite as outstanding as that!

  10. Keep going Cathy. You’re doing a great job and from the pictures it is looking wonderful.
    No more collywobbles!

  11. Lora Hughes says:

    You’re very brave, opening your garden. Not so much because bad things are going to ensue, but for the stress of anticipation. It looks like your visitors will be in for a treat. What’re going to bake? And does that baking end up at the village sale or do you offer refreshments in your garden? Good luck!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Lora. It’s actually exciting to open the garden but I was quite nervous the first time, which was an informal opening for a charity I volunteer for. I know from positive comments that people enjoy it and don’t get stressed about now, although each year I will still get a few brief nerves a few weeks beforehand. You never know how many people might come, so I bake enough for about 200 slices, and around a dozen different types of cake. Refreshments are here in the garden and I wouldn’t give my visitors anything other than my homemade cakes! I will start baking next week probably and put the cakes in the freezer

  12. cavershamjj says:

    All the best with your visit and the openings, I’m sure it will be just fine. I like the idea of having the extra impetus for completing the job list.

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Jon, yes, I am sure it will be – and this year we only have one group visit booked so it could all be ‘over’ by the end of June instead of spreading out well into July too

  13. tonytomeo says:

    Collywobbles? That just sounds silly.
    My, I forget what some of the features in your garden look like. The fences are so nicely painted in the background of all those unusual plants. It is easy to ignore.

  14. I love your gallery fence! Your garden is going to be pure joy for all your visitors!

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Ali, it has paintings on the other side of it. Hope the visitors appreciate all the extra roses this year!!

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