Just a very quick vase post from me this Monday, with a quickly snipped clutch of Rosa ‘Lady Emma Hamilton’ and foliage from the ‘devil’s plant’ (symphoricarpos) that I expended a lot of energy trying to remove from the hedge. to which it has now returned, no doubt with a vengeance. I could of course have easily produced another bunch of sweet peas (and indeed could do that week after week) but despite the speediness of the post I made the effort to pick something different, and Lady Em called to me as I glanced out of the kitchen windows.
The need for speed is because the time of opening our garden for the NGS (National Garden Scheme) is now upon us, and we are due to welcome visitors on Wednesday and Sunday this coming week, with a big group visit a week later. This is our fifth year of opening (we opened in February last year, before the pandemic was upon us) so the preparations are essentially routine, but although not a perfectionist I do like to have everything ‘just so’ – although that’s not in the garden, where deadheading, staking and tying back is currently a daily routine. The Golfer has all but completed his path sweeping and weeding to great effect, promptly obliterated by rose petals after rain all day on Friday.
The cakes are all made and in the freezer, and I am determined not to wear myself out with last-minute nips and tucks in the next couple of days, so hope to ensure all the admin preparations and furniture moving (to allow our pop up câfé) are completed ASAP. I do like to work to a deadline, so something like this is right up my street!
The rose, as well as sharing the colour of an apricot, has a distinctly fruity fragrance with definite hints of apricot, and the simple bunch is popped into a vintage blue & white jug and displayed with a copy of the NGS book which lists all the gardens in England and Wales opening under the scheme in 2021. The vase is photographed outside the back door, on the wall built earlier this year to raise this section of the hedge border, which has filled out nicely since the wall was built and forms a useful perching point for vase photography!
It is a busy time of year for most gardeners, even without opening their gardens for charity, but if you have time to plonk a few blooms or other material from your garden into a vase or jamjar today then please consider sharing them with us by leaving links to and from this post.