Thursday, August 25, 2011

Two days and counting...

There's tomorrow (Friday) and then Saturday, and then my open day.
I've manage to catch up with most of the chores, and filled most of the gaps, and managed to hide or disguise various bits of mess.
These include potting up my coleus, which have been languishing for months in tiny plastic pots. I could almost hear them saying: "About bloody time too!"
I've also tidied up the "glory hole" bit right at the end of the garden, where I'd piled everything that had gone over or been chewed (such as lilies and hostas), and that I didn't have any other space for (wheelbarrow, spare garden chairs). Well, I say tidied up, but an important part of the project was positioning other pots of plants so that you couldn't see it...
I still have to plant: one heuchera, seven Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' (don't worry, six are going in windowboxes).
I still have to move: three "winter" conifers in pots. It's a very nice having things in pots that you can move into prominent positions at particular times of the year. The only problem is what you do with the pots at the other times of the year.
I still have to get rid of: the bramble that always grows up through the holly tree. (You can see why I don't rush to do that job.) Plus the garden hose, and the ladder, which are lying in wait for an unwary pedestrian on the side pathway.
I should, but know I won't: sort out the big containers under the window at the front of the house. My excuse is that Julia is going to come and take away my cycad, which is in the middle. It was a rescue plant from someone in my gardening group who didn't have room for it.
Apart from that, I have to cross my fingers, light a candle and pray for a sunny Sunday.
Oh, and make some cakes.

An uncharacteristically tidy view of the garden.

Coleus (or solenestemon, if you must) around the table area. The one below has got a bit leggy, because it looked rather good indoors, so didn't get chucked out in the garden with the rest.



Vital tools. Trowel, string, two pairs of secateurs (for when I put one down and can't remember what I did with it), and a cup of tea.

14 comments:

organicgardendreams said...

Victoria, your garden looks absolutely beautiful and ready for the open garden to happen. I am sure people will enjoy touring your garden very much. I wish I could be one of them! Good luck with the weather!
Christina

Anna Vattenkanna said...

Lucky visitors on Sunday - to see your garden IRL must be a great experience. I love your tropical jungle...

Anna Vattenkanna

Susan in the Pink Hat said...

Wow. A tidy garden. How nice that must feel. I have yet to see the sun rise on a tidy day in my garden. I'm mostly at peace with that. It's when I visit opened gardens like yours that make me feel guilty. It's like cleaning the house before your mother visits.

Lancashire rose said...

I'm getting excited for you. everything looks simply lovely. Oh so green, and perfect. I looked you up on the National Garden Scheme and saw that you were serving afternoon tea on top of everything else. I hope for a sunny day for you, too.

Grace said...

People are going to absolutely love your garden, Victoria. I hope the weather is sunny and mild.

patientgardener said...

it looks lovely, stop worrying, all will be well. I hope the weather is kind to you.

Anna said...

Oh I do wish that I was near enough to visit Victoria - your garden looks positively exotic and glowing. Hope that the weather behaves and that you have a great day on Sunday. Make sure that you have a bottle chilling in the fridge to celebrate when the visitors depart.

elaine rickett said...

Looks like you've done alright. Good luck.

James A-S said...

Hopefully the rain will refresh and not bash. Looking fine: good luck for Sunday.

If I might lower the tone slightly (actually rather more than slightly) I am not sure whether describing part of your garden as a Glory Hole is entirely wise!

petoskystone said...

lovely! are you certain you can't just play the bramble off as part of the holly? ;) more than luck, enjoy your self.

Ms B said...

Victoria, our street party on Sunday means I probably can'tmake it this year, unless I can escape briefly, so good luck & do please come here when you want!

Elephant's Eye said...

Looking magnificent, and wishing you perfect weather!

VP said...

And now it's less than a day.

Looking forward to seeing the 'phew that's a relief but I had a great time' post soon :)

It's looking great, so enjoy yourself!

Esther Montgomery said...

Hope all has gone well.

(Bound to have done!)

The photo of your garden in its 'ready' state is treasurable. You'll need to frame it and put it in your hall so you notice it whenever you go in and out in the winter.

Esther