The First Day (Saturday Sept 15 th)

WOW! What a wonderful day it’s been. Lots of visitors, but not a crowd, so everyone had time to stroll around, see the garden, walk in the woods, drink cups of tea and devour a bottomless supply of cake. The morning was wonderfully sunny and not too hot. A perfect English late summer afternoon. The roses were in their second flowering and looked gorgeous. Red hot pokers were looking particularly fine and the lawns had greened-up after the parched horrors of July and August. Even the hares, buzzards and woodpeckers seemed bright and cheerful.

We did very brisk business in the tea-and-cakes department and for the first time ever we’ve introduced an old gardening books stall – which is almost half sold-out. The plant stall was better stocked than in previous years, so we sold almost as many plants on Saturday as we did on both days of the weekend last year. Sadly, it rained on Sunday last year, so visitors numbers were adversely affected, but tomorrow looks like it’s going to be fine, so we’re expecting a good turn-out. Fingers crossed!

I don’t think the garden has ever looked this good, with quite so many late summer and early autumn flowers in bloom. Though I say so myself, it looks stunning. Certainly our visitors today loved it and were amazed by its size – long walks and quiet strolls. Several people enjoyed tea-and-cake on two separate sittings. And now for our special contest for Sunday:

Somewhere in the garden there’s a solitary small frog who likes to sit on a stone. Now how’s this for a really generous offer: the first person to spot it and bring back photographic evidence can claim a free cup of tea or coffee!!!!

frog

Here are some pictures of the day:

Book stall

Book stall

The Long Border

The Long Border

The Pond Garden

The Pond Garden

Front garden looking through The Dome.

Front garden looking through The Dome.

Cake portion control

Cake portion control

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