Well the garden is ready for opening, all but for a sweep around the paths on Saturday afternoon weather permitting, and the putting up of two gazebos to keep my family of helpers dry. Plants labelled, greenhouse tidied nerves now calming. Tee shirts have arrived from our chosen charity so all set to go.
During the last two weekends we have visited other NGS gardens, one in constant drizzle, nothing stops an ardent gardener, the other, last Sunday in glorious sunshine. Of course I had to buy plants and enjoy a cuppa too.
Among the plants I have bought are a lovely herbaceous Clematis, C’ Recta purpurea with beautiful emerging red/purple foliage giving way later to a froth of small white flowers. This has already found a home in the bed in front of the conservatory as it will be quite a short grower. Now I need a nice support for it. Other plants include Geum Totally Tangerine and G’ Fire Storm, both of a similar colouring, one a double, both now planted up and looking fantastic along side Erysimum Orange Bedder, Heuchera Honey Rose, H’ Sweet tea and H’ Lime Marmalade. Hang on am I writing a gardening blog or a foodie blog.
Later this will have Thalictrum delavayi, Geranium a deep purple (?), a gold leafed geranium also with no label,where do all those labels go ?
And finally I just had to post this picture…..
Couldn’t believe my eyes, I’ve had broken clay pots about the garden for ages, you may have seen the toad under one a few posts ago. But I never thought I would see a mouse, I looked under the pot a while later and I could see a tiny neat hole. It obviously couldn’t stand the rainy weather either.
So even if it rains on Sunday I’m sure my family of helpers will have a ball ….I will update after the event….. Sue