our visitors liked…
After a couple of days washing and drying tablecloths, counting the money and tickets and reconciling one with the other (always a challenge we find), getting around to planting out the leeks and too-long-in-the-pots Cosmos which I had planned to do before our NGS Open Day on Sunday and thanking all our helpers…time to reflect on what it was about our garden that our visitors liked.
Some pics of things of particular interest or curiosity..
…with self-sown (a bit of a theme in our garden) candytuft and marjoram (the best pollinator-friendly plant you can have in your garden, in my opinion).
They liked the ground elder too – yes really.
And our wood stacks with a smattering of self-sown toadflax (the purple one) and hogweed (the white umbellifer) to make it all look tasteful. (Pay attention, there’s a quiz coming…)
They were curious about the lovely blue flowers amongst the garlic…or were the garlic in flower?
They liked the spiky, mauvey thing flopping all over the place and wanted to know what it was.
But that’s how I like it.
Bees and other pollinators also like it.
Visitors liked all the gorgeously smelly rambling roses we have everywhere and wanted to know what their names were. Unfortunately I don’t know all of them. Positive identification much appreciated -subject of a future blog with better photos.
They liked the primulas and bought lots of them to take home.
They liked the view of the garden from the bench at the top of the hill.
And they liked the flowers in the tearoom. They also liked the cakes (thank you Wateraid volunteers for providing) but they were so popular I didn’t get a pic.
Here pictured on our kitchen table after the event. Ground elder makes a surprisingly good cut flower.
And they were puzzled by the the two sets of distinctly different leaves on this tree…
…a pocket of acorns and conkers planted by daughter number two about 20 years ago.
They also puzzled over (this is the quiz) the bee-friendly flowers set out to test their knowledge of such things. Only one visitor got them all right.
1. toadflax (were you paying attention?)
3. ground elder (yes really, and the bees and hoverflies love it)
4. honeysuckle (we have several varieties – this is the wild one you find in hedgerows)
5. hogweed (again, a brilliant pollinator-friendly plant – just don’t let it set seed in your borders)
For the record, a few other visitors to our garden in the last few days…
Sadly found dead in the garden tool shed amongst the link-stakes. But hopefully suggests that there are others around. We know that we have a summer male roost of Pipestrelles in the roof.
Apparently there are a lot of them around at the moment – we were still thrilled to find them here.
Hopping about amongst the raspberry canes so hopefully eating all the slugs.
The peas were also admired.
Then just as I was finishing this blog I found …….
…on the honeysuckle over the gate.
All our visitors seemed happy. We must be doing something right….
Ok, the lovely weather helps!