… if you are in the UK, there will be a garden opening for the National Garden Scheme this week.
Most gardens, like ours, that would normally be opening for the scheme this summer are no longer doing so for a range of Covid-19 related reasons, and potential visitors to gardens still opening can only visit by pre-paid and timed tickets available directly from the NGS at ngs.org.uk Garden owners have to decide how many visitors their gardens can accommodate with adequate social distancing and how long a typical visit would last, and the timed slots allow for the coming and going of visitors to prevent overlap. Details of gardens opening in the coming week will be available each Monday, so do check and see if there are any opening in your area. And don’t forget there are numerous virtual visits on the website too! The NGS supports several charities but this year is focussing on nursing charities and, in the absence of income from hundreds of gardens that are no longer opening, any donations would be especially welcome, with or without a garden visit, virtual or otherwise.
We visited a real garden today, the only one open this week within reasonable driving distance, arriving in baking hot sunshine after travelling through torrential rain to get there. This didn’t last, and in an instant the skies opened again amidst the sunshine and there was a deluge – without which we would not have had that astonishing rainbow! By then. we had already wandered around the acre or so of garden and the extensive adjoining woodland, so after sheltering briefly we headed home, I for one happy to have partaken of a rare spot of garden visiting.