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Garden open for charity

We had a beautiful day for the open garden last week and raised £800 for charity!

Woodland sculpture

Our visitors seemed to enjoy the garden and of course the glorious weather (and fabulous home made cakes baked by my generous friends!)

The oak sculpture was carved during the winter by James from The Forest Workshop – I stuck parcel tape around the trunk and brought in a man with  a chainsaw…

Of particular interest were the Cornus kousa chinensis with its sparkling white bracts and the Kalmia latifolia iced-gem flowers.

Cornus bracts

Kalmia latifolia sugar pink flowers

The area around the pond is late this year so many of the flowers are still to open but it still set a peaceful scene with the trickle of water from the small waterfall.  I probably have too much Alchemilla planted but it seeds itself around so generously…

Pondside planting

Geranium Patricia gave a splash of colour in the shade under the oaks with the bright white edge of Hosta Patriot.

Under the oaks

Plant of the year last year at Chelsea was Anemone White Swan – pictured below in semi-shade beside a new Forest Pansy and some pretty violas.

Anemone White swan

Much of the cottage border was still in bud but the Diascias, Viola Martin and Salvia Caradonna were lovely.  The white daisies are just a bedding pot of Marguerites from Longacres but they will flower all summer.

Cottage border

Cottage border from the other end!

The veg garden was much admired – broad beans, lettuce and beetroot etc in abundance and tomatoes, chillies and lemon grass in the greenhouse.

Veg plot

We had fabulous help from friends and neighbours and the dog!

Three men and a dog

…and the cakes…did I mention the cakes?


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