Off to a Cracking Start

Today began bright and sunny and it stayed that way. In fact, I think it was the sunniest garden opening we have every experienced. To our delight, visitors started to pour in from our opening at eleven, and the car park remained well stocked for the entire day. According to the weather forecast, today (Saturday 21st September) was the last summery day of the year, and autumn begins tomorrow. Earlier in the week, my weather app was forecasting a thundery breakdown tomorrow, but now things look much better; rain will get here, but not until later in the afternoon, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for another dry day, although not as hot as today.

I think the garden is looking better than I have ever seen it before. The borders are still full of flowers and the roses have never looked better. That’s because we haven’t had too much sun to bleach out the blooms. Lots of people have remarked about the wildlife; a huge variety of butterflies, and there have been several visits by hares and voles. And if you look across the meadow there is just a hint of developing autumn colour.

The Long Border waiting to receive the first visitors

The Long Border waiting to receive the first visitors

So do come and join us tomorrow, there’s loads of tea and cake, and a well-stocked plant stall and my brother-in-law Nigel has brought along a bookstall of second-hand gardening books. All our profits go the National Garden Scheme who support Macmillan Nurses and other, mainly medical, charities. But charity isn’t the main reason for coming; an open garden is a very English summertime event, which brings people, plants and artistic creation together; it’s also cracking good fun, so do come tomorrow if you can. We are open from 11 until 4 o’clock.

Nigel and Rachael at the tea counter before the hordes descended

Nigel and Rachael at the tea counter before the hordes descended

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