Monday 31 August 2015

5 years of opening for the NGS

This will be our 5th year opening for the NGS, I have a certificate to prove it and everything!

The amazing thing has been how different each year has been. Our first opening was about 18 months from when we were first accepted into the book, and boy was that a long wait of stressing and crazed gardening...all compounded by buying the derelict bottom two halves of our neighbours gardens. It was of course at that point that I also started this blog!

The first year it also rained :( so we covered our terrace and looked grumpy, but 30 minutes in it stopped and then it was fabulous! Looking back the garden was so so different...we hadn't even cleared the top half of the garden and the path just stopped at our biggest pumpkin patch and piles of rubble!

The next few years were much easier, there was sunshine and there was a lot of cake. After I was on Gardeners World there were also a lot of people, and it is humbling how some people have been every year.

The garden does of course evolve and ever year is different in terms of seasonally where we are at and different garden experiments and changes. This year there has been a lot of editing and perfecting as I am trying to be tough and move things that don't work.

The first year the slugs reacted really badly to our opening. Half the garden was also not even cleared and stopped suddenly! this is the area where we found and restored the pond! now you cant even see the fence...

There is always good cake! Below from one of the early openings, we have since moved the greenhouse to make a better seating area

Year 1 hiding from the rain with our Christmas table cloth as it was the only one that was waterproof!
The great thing about the garden is that there is enough space to just enjoy things and lots of chairs!

Some years you really can't get the staff....

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