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Afternoon of Music in the Garden

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.

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Commended in Best Large Back Garden category - Bromley in Bloom

Awards for Best Large Back Garden 2018

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.

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Enlarged bed - Freda's Garden

Enlarging Flower Beds in the Orchard

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!!

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Bromley U3A Theatre Group

Garden visit from the Bromley U3A Theatre Group

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

Bromley U3A Theatre Group

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.

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Halstead WI visit to Freda's Garden, September 2018

Group visit from Halstead WI

Halstead WI visit to Freda's Garden, September 2018
One to the groups who visited me this week was the WI Halstead group.  They were such a lovely group who I do hope they will come again.

They also had a lot of fun with my pot luck, which raises extra funds charity.

Group visits are by appointment only, and I usually open the garden between the 1st July and the 31st August. If you would like to arrange a group visit, then please contact me for further details.

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Visit from Knole U3A

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.

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Replanting New Beds (August update)

Last week I replanted 2 beds in the garden that had red geraniums in as they were looking really tired so I’ve taken them out and put new plants in.

I’ve put the geraniums that are still ok into the greenhouse And will try and keep them going until next year.

I think the beds look better now.

I have since added a bit more colour.

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U3A Swanley Gardening Group visiting Freda's Garden

Group visit from the Swanley U3A

It was another busy week in the garden for me last week, as not only did I have a number of group visits, but I also had my last NGS Open Garden of the Summer on the Sunday.

This delightful group of ladies and gentlemen visited me from the U3A Swanley gardening group. My art gallery was also very popular with the group, who purchased a print or two from me.

U3A Swanley Gardening Group visiting Freda's Garden
Group visits are by appointment only, and I usually open the garden between the 1st July and the 31st August. If you would like to arrange a group visit, then please contact me for further details.

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U3A Sevenoaks Gardening group, visit to Freda's Garden

Visit from the U3A Sevenoaks Garden Group

I have had group visits of many sizes to my garden this summer, including this small group from the U3A Sevenoaks garden group who visited last week. All enjoyed the afternoon.

U3A Sevenoaks Gardening group, visit to Freda's Garden

Group visits are by arrangement only between 1st July – 31 August 2018. I offer light refreshments and entry into my Art Gallery where prints and greeting cards are on sale.

If you would like to book a group visit, then please contact me for further details.
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NGS Open Garden, 19th July 2018

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.

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