Category Archives: open gardens

Six on Saturday: More Bewitching

I am fortunate to have a number of witch hazels in the garden and this year, for some reason, given the summer drought and severe pre-Christmas freeze, most of them are flowering better and more profusely than ever before. You … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Timetables

With only 3 weeks to go till we open the garden for ‘snowdrops, witch hazels, hellebores and other plants of winter interest’, it is still far from clear what plants of winter interest will be in flower by then. We … Continue reading

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In Our Stride

I promised an update about our garden openings and I am pleased to say that over two afternoon openings and a group visit we raised just over £1070, £840 of which will go to the National Garden Scheme charities and … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Tea, Anyone? Cake?

With our second open garden afternoon yesterday, I knew I would not be able to squeeze in the creation of a vase for today’s IAVOM, but had the presence of mind to take a few photographs of one of the … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: In-between

We are in-between garden openings at the moment, with a group visit a week ago, the first general opening on Wednesday, and our second and last general opening tomorrow. Unless there are later group visits booked, that will be it … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Phew!

Phew…what a scorcher it was yesterday! Phew! What a hectic afternoon it was on Thursday! Whew! What a relief it is to have some rain today! Take your pick… On Thursday afternoon we had our only (so far) booked group … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday, Not All of Them Roses…

Although many of the numerous roses in the garden have an odd flower or two, we are still a number of weeks away from peak flowering time, which hopefully will coincide with our garden opening towards the end of June. … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Turn That Frown Upside Down…

It was fairly late in the day yesterday when I prepared my vase, having attended a long lunch with other National Garden Scheme garden owners in Staffordshire, Birmingham & part of the West Midlands and picked up our posters and … Continue reading

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Never Mind the Weather, Never Mind the Rain

Never mind the weather, never mind the rain Now that we’re together, whoops she goes again La-di-da-di-da, la-di-da-di-de All good pals and jolly good company I gave up looking at the weather forecast for the day of our garden opening … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: Simple

I occasionally get mild dermatitis and tend to make a point of using toiletries for sensitive skin, which is why we have the rather bizarre prop of a bar of soap to accompany this very simple vase, in itself a … Continue reading

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