A fabulous afternoon was had by all on Sunday at my Music in the Garden event. Thank you to everyone who managed to come. We had over 185 visitors and we raised over £1,445 for the NSPCC.
I would like to say a special thanks to Pete Sinclair, who again hosted the afternoon and sang between acts (I especially liked his Neil Diamond!), the wonderful a cappella group Vocal Eclipse who welcomed people into the garden, the Bromley Philharmonic Choir who entertained us with songs from the 60s and 70s, the barbarshop group Bromley Male Voices, and the wonderfully entertaining Frank McConnell on his guitar.
I would also like to thank the many volunteers who gave their time to serve refreshments and man stalls.
It’s been a fun, but exhausting year maintaining the garden, especially with the exceptionally hot weather we experienced during the mid-Summer months, but this hasn’t stopped me from entering my garden into two competitions.
Firstly I was visited by representatives from Coolings Garden Centre who were judging this years ‘Bromley in Bloom 2018’ competition. They were especially impressed with my vegetable area.
I was very happy to be Commended in the Best Back Garden category, winning a certificate and shield.
I was also awarded with a Silver award in the Best Large Back Garden category in The London Garden Society (All London Championship) .
Both set of judging took place in mid-July during the height of the hot weather.
It’s be a wonderful year of openings. I’ve had 26 in total, including two photoshoots and 3 large garden openings!
Now my openings for the year have come to an end, I am beginning to plan some changes for the garden. To start with I am enlarging two of the beds in the Orchard and making them a lot bigger.
I extended these two beds to maker a bigger impact in the orchard as I felt they were too narrow. These plants I have put in these areas are: Arum Lily, Nandina Domestica (Magical Sunrise), Heuchera (Midnight Ruffle), Cordyline, Weigela (Summer Red), Virburnum (Dawn), Virburnum (Gold) and Abelia (Edward Goucher)
I have finished now but will have to keep them well watered over the next few months. I am rather pleased with the results.
My plan now is to have a very long pergola built at the end of the orchard and to cover it with 5 large climbing plants. I’m really excited about this!!
Today I had my very last group visit for 2018, and what a lovely day to end it with. The weather was glorious and the visitors were fantastic.
There were 25 people in the group from the Bromley U3A theatre group and everyone had a lovely afternoon. They said they would be back next year for another visit, so I’m already thinking of my updates to the garden for 2019
I usually open the garden to groups in the Summer months between June and September. If you would like to book a visit for your group in 2019, please do drop me a line.
A lovely group of visitors came yesterday from the Knole U3A to see my garden. The weather was perfect for them and after the recent rain, the lawn is finally looking lush again which helps the garden look full of colour.
The visitors enjoyed their tea and cake in the sun, and I received so many lovely comments about the garden.
I was delighted to welcome another 154 people to the garden for my final National Garden Scheme opening for 2018. The weather stayed dry for us and I’m delighted to report that I raised just over £885 for the NGS.
The garden was again brought to life with live music from local musicians and I’m pleased to say the nearby airshow didn’t put off visitors coming. Another afternoon enjoyed by all.