Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Photos from Open Gardens Day

This event organised by Mutsai Bird last Sunday to raise funds for Brighter Futures, a charity raising money to buy a radiotherapy unit for GWH in Swindon, and ZHEST, an educational programme for rural Zimbabwe, was a great success and raised £695.
There were 6 gardens involved, including mine, all very different, but enjoyable in their own way; I didn't see all of them, but had good reports from visitors who'd come here last. Mutsai stayed here for most of the time on her Zimbabwean Craft stall, Jane and Rachel did a fab job of serving cream teas and cakes. Tim spent some time on the gate, so did Robert, Mutsai's husband. I oscillated between the plant stall, gate and teas; in fact I was so busy that I didn't take any photos of the event at all, although Mutsai did, and only in this garden.
Here they are:
 Above an island bed
 Jane and Sam looking at some plants, and below a visitor looking at the ceramic birds with the glorious Orlaya grandiflora, mentioned in last weekend's Observer colour supplement, in the background:
 Below a table laden with cakes and the plant stall in the background
 Below an arrangement of stocks and Acers in an old wooden cheesebox.

 Above and below, the patio area:
 Me with 2 visitors
 Below Tim and I chatting
 And Tim's lovely plant sale sign.
I should also mention that Ellie, my daughter, and Susanne Hardwick, Daphne's daughter and Rachel Pryor made and donated some fabulous cakes. Thank you so much, my cakes aren't good.
There were people's favourite plants which I've photographed and will include later on.
Here are mine, firstly our sign, kindly donated by Atwell Martin
 Below a much admired Campanula and the glorious Orlaya grandiflora
 The towering foxgloves were also commented upon
 This is a bit bright, but it's a double hardy geranium
 Below the Cirsium attracted so many bees, it was a firm favourite among visitors
 The ironwork in the garden was also much admired, here's some of it:

 And people loved the poppies seen above, and the rock roses seen below:
 And last but not least, these yellow Aquilegias look like Narcissi at first glance
 Looking forward to next year's event already.

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