I did promise to report back on the open garden day the other week. We spent days in the garden before the open day digging, cutting back, planting and weeding and planning what we can feed everyone. On the day itself the weather was rather changeable but it looked like it was staying dry at least! We visited the Rectory garden, which was first on the list, had some tea, and then raced back home to prettify the house and garden. We put up some bunting at the back and the front, put out the homemade lemonade, fruit cake and shortbread biscuits on the table, put out some chairs and then waited.
I had lots of excuses in my head to explain why the garden isn't completely devoid of weeds and dead leaves, and why some areas are still a work in progress (honest!). I was going to explain how the patches of long grass are actually to keep the frogs and birds happy, and the ivy was there to feed birds and insects...And...And..
People were slow to arrive, but they did arrive and I needn't have worried. Almost without exception they were all gardeners themselves. They understood that every garden is a work in progress. More importantly, the garden itself actually looked utterly beautiful. Although the frogs hid out of the way for a change, the finches and blue tits sang like crazy, the bees and hover flies and wasps buzzed around every flower, the swifts swooped overhead and the garden played its part to perfection.
The work continues and the slugs still arrive...and we think the birds have managed to get into the netting around the redcurrants as we have about two left....