Do any of you visit open gardens? There are quite a few open here in the summer months, but I've not yet had a chance to go. A lot are open on weekdays which limits me, and if there is one I fancy seeing you can guarantee its on the Saturday that I am working. Some people spend so much time creating these beautiful spaces, and they are great to get ideas. When I buy a little plant in a nursery I don't always appreciate how big it will grow, and have been guilty of plopping it in the ground (probably in a totally unsuitable position) and thinking 'it'll be fine!'
Where we used to live in the Midlands there used to be quite a few small villages. Most villages had an open garden weekend. Ladies would serve tea/coffee and cakes. Proceeds to go towards church funds. Loads of plants for sale too. Never expensive. We were given a numbered plan of the best way round the village. It's such a shame that it doesn't seem to be a tradition where we are now.
Never drive faster than your guardian angel can fly.
They have a particularly nice garden open here it's the exotic garden of Henstead, a private garden, large and lush with tropical plants. The owner have even incorporated a cafe and have a night time visit in the Autumn
Yes it's lovely Trisha, can only encourage the insects, glad people are waking up to this
These are not open gardens either VW but we have 2 places in my neck of the woods called Urban Jungle. They are tropical plant nurseries but are so much more than that, they are an "experience" you can sit among the huge plants on leather sofas, the plants make intimate cubicles and you can have delicious food and drink while feeling like you're somewhere else. One of them has streams and fish running through the indoor jungle, just beautiful
Not noticed any open gardens but I think there is a scheme or organisation, maybe called the Yellow Book, (I will check) which includes open gardens around the country. I love a nice garden. We are going to RHS Tatton Flower Show this week. I’ve been guilty of buying plants then finding they are either too tall or not tall enough. Now I check the labels more carefully for growing conditions as well.