Gently rounded, honey-brown and dappled by the sun, but with a slightly fragile outer shell…. something has happened to me! I have finally become just like a Burford Brown hen’s egg! This is no surprise because during the month before my garden open day, scrambled eggs was all I had time to cook and eat as I worked outside in the sunshine from very early morning until dusk.
Tending a garden is a joyous occupation, but opening it up for others to visit when people are paying an entrance fee and where the proceeds are donated to a charity requires a garden where things are just a little bit special. But would it be good enough? Would people mind the moss and daisies in my lawn, the weeds, the fact that some of my house is in a state of disrepair? But you know what? No one minded. And as the people wandered around and looked they felt welcome and at ease and I saw my new friends sitting on the bench under the crab apple tree, in the summer house and in the cottage garden. The sun shone on us all and on my tomato print dress (purchased from one of the big supermarkets at a bargain price) and we all celebrated our love of nature and gardens together. It was a truly happy and special day.
Would you like to take a little walk with me and see the (unfinished) Bug Hotel, the vegetables and the flowers? I will open the gate for you so that you can have a little wander and rest a while in the garden.
THE COTTAGE GARDEN
THE KITCHEN GARDEN
THE MEADOW GARDEN AND POTAGER