Category Archives: open gardens

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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Six on Saturday: Woe is Me!

…. not me, but the Lanky Lodger, whom I found sprawled out on his bench earlier in the week. wailing and gnashing his teeth. Sadly, he has proved to be a short-lived sculpture, despite the number of coats of primer … Continue reading

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Six on Saturday: Busy, Busy

Unlike this pristine Camellia japonica ‘Nobilissima’, a solitary bloom on this bush now freed from the encroachment of an adjacent hedge and currently busy doing nothing, I have been busy busy with little jobs on a non-diminishing job list, as … Continue reading

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