Tag Archives: opening a garden for the NGS

A Summer of Garden Visiting

Over the summer we have managed to visit a number of gardens when we have not been preoccupied with preparations and opening of our own. If we are travelling to another part of the country we will always try to … Continue reading

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Done and Dusted (but without the dusting!)

With the final two group visits last week, our 2018 garden openings are over  and the house and garden are more or less back to normal routines, as are the Gardener and the Golfer. The most noticeable change, and the … Continue reading

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The World Cup Effect?

Rather than wait till the three group visits in July are out of the way I thought I would give you a brief update of how the garden openings went. As I had to scoot off to see Elder Daughter … Continue reading

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In a Vase on Monday: After the Ball is Over

Clearing up yesterday at the end of our second Open Garden day all I had the time (and energy!) to muster up for today’s vase were a group of the tea table vases, empty plates from the cake display and … Continue reading

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Wordless Wednesday: Enjoying an Afternoon at an NGS Open Garden

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Set Fair

It was good to have that little ‘wobble’ last week, and good to be able to record it on the blog, as I can look back next year and confirm that despite the occasional nerves everything will come together in … Continue reading

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A Nerve or Two

I recently reread posts from this time of year to remind myself how I was feeling in the lead up to garden opening days, but I seemed to have been strangely silent. A lot of the general preparation work had … Continue reading

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There have been several ‘Whew!’ moments in recent weeks, as the garden is prepared for its opening days, now less than 4 weeks away. The weather, over which I have no control, played its part as planting out of seedlings … Continue reading

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Full Steam Ahead

Apart from a couple of hours at a steam event literally just down the road from us I have spent virtually all my ‘free’ time recently working on the garden. This still doesn’t amount to very many hours and for … Continue reading

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The Clock is Ticking

I knew the month of May was rushing up pretty quickly, but hadn’t registered the fact that this meant it was less than eight weeks until we opened our garden again for the National Garden Scheme (NGS). Good Grief! That … Continue reading

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