|Look at all these people! they arent even a rent a crowd!|
|'What do you want?! keep away Im baking!'|
By 1:50 there still seemed a lot to do, and a worried front of house reported that people were already there queuing! This was rather different from last year when rain kept people away till 2:20.. and gave me a warm, ooh people really want to come and see my garden moment (probably warmer from the wine) however there was still lots to do and 10 minutes of blowing up balloons and finding NGS posters ensued.
More and more people came, and by half past the garden was looking full....I had roped in Peter to help with plant talk as he is very clever and can blag easily, and Charlie was on hand to show people the bees as the wonderful Sharon had leant us a perspex top to put on top of the hives and even mini bee keeping hoods. People were really interested in all of it and I was amazed at how long people stayed for.
There were friends, lots of new people, other garden openers and lots of people coming back for the second year which was nice and people were very complimentary. All could see the huge differences and were surprised at how much it had changed. Several people thought me a garden designer (yes flattery will indeed get you everywhere) and one lady who was bought up in Malaysia said it reminded her of home and a holiday she had been on to Bali. Result!
The top plants people asked about were the Paulownias and the Kangaroo apple, then followed by the Amicia Zygomeris and the Salvia involucrate bethelii.
So lots of pictures of the garden at its NGS best
|A surprise feature was 'fairy mushroom corner' as over the last 2 days loads of mushrooms have appeared from the wood chip which was fresh this year!|
|Walking from the mushrooms...lots of Daturas with tall screening from Jerusalem artichokes|
|My Garuda on a post underplanted with 7 Tetrapanax and dark almost black Phormiums which Im all waiting grow big and tall|
|The far corner with new Paulownias bedding in....Im so pleased with all this as this was newly cleared this year. Last year we just covered the ground with weedproof membrane and grew pumpkins!|
|This is the pond we found now looking rather lush!|
|View of the Jubilee pavilion though bamboos, Paulownia, Dahlia imperialis and Indocalamus|
|Can I just ask what that tall plant at the end is?|
|So lots of things werent as big/good as they should have been, particularly the Ricinus or the 7 Cannas that arent yet flowering, however some things like this Hedychium were late!|
|Thalia dealbata (with a red stem thalia at the side) all delightfully tall and imposing|
|This Rudbeckia was the other winner as loads of peple were talking about it|
|Everyones fabourite salvia!|
The odd thing was also meeting people who read this blog (hello!) as I kind of forget there is a world out there as this started as something to keep me focused and track developments. I am glad people read it and enjoy it.
A particular hurrah must also go out to the Lincolnshire gang of 4 who came down to see things, especially as they managed to return from Dulwich village after my directions.So thank you to everyone who came, you helped us raise loads of money which will go to support lots of different charities. A huge thank you to everyone who helped on the day from the in-laws who came down from Lincolnshire to do the door, to Peter and Charlie, Tim, my hard labouring parents and Steven the champion cake maker. Also big thanks to Hannah, Emelda and Kate who all came to look at pretty plants but were roped into doing washing up!
Finally a big thank you to everyone who has helped with the garden over the last year from people who have given me plants, to those who have helped weed, dig, plant or pot things up or been made to assemble summer houses which are far too heavy. It has been a huge project to do and without help it wouldn’t have happed. There is still lots to come, but now the ground has been dug and the structure put in it should (nervous laugh) be plain sailing from now on. I look forward to a lack of heavy digging, lots of tweaking, plants getting bigger and being able to share more plants. Hurrah!
|Ian ventured from the front desk to tell us we have got over 150 people!|