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!