These photos were taken on Monday, after the frantic activity of the previous day’s ‘Secret Gardens of St Helens’ event (organised by yours truly) where 12 village gardens opened in aid of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. Whilst I can already point to areas where my organisation could be improved upon, I’m delighted to report that we had over 300 visitors and took over £3,000. And, on a tastier note, someone said my Victoria Sandwich was the best on the Isle of Wight!
The garden was really looking spick and span thanks in a very large part to my lovely helpers – the OH, both my children, and neighbours M and J – who all pulled out the stops on Saturday and Sunday morning to rescue various areas of the garden from general chaos (so that’s what the greenhouse floor looks like!) as well as (M) potting up bits of random vegetation to sell.
So here’s the tour:
Entry via the steps and past the old copper pot, admiring the (ahem accidental) matching of the Callistemon and the container planting,
and on past the Flower Carpet roses (which generated plenty of enthusiastic comments).
Past the greenhouse pots and into the greenhouse,
on past the barrow
to the decking. admiring the pelagoniums
and then round to the Swing Beds.
and finally, a seat at the table, and a cup of tea.
With thanks to all my helpers and cake donators as well as all the other garden openers, their helpers, the ticket sellers and poster putter uppers.
Yes I’m still feeling a little kn*ckered, but would I do it again – of course!