On Saturday, I packed a day and a half into a day.
First up, was our village open gardens day. This year, 8 people opened up their gardens in aid of the church restoration fund. I planned to visit 5, but ended up only having time to do 2 (because of chatting!!!).
The first garden I visited had started out as a tiny patio garden when the couple first bought the house. It had an allotment and an orchard from the pub behind it. When the pub planned to turn the orchard into a car park, they had objected strongly, and had ended up buying the plot and turning it into a massive garden.
They had bought the plot in 3 stages, and each "stage" was like exploring a secret garden.
The wild boar made me jump!
They were very much a "make do and mend" couple and had made a fabulous greenhouse out of next doors old windows.
The house was positioned on a hill, and in direct sunlight. Ideal for the very productive vegetable patch.
The second garden was a lot smaller but had loads of people in it. (They were serving Pizza Lunch here!)
Its a lovely idea to open your garden up to local residents. I got tons of ideas for my own. I caught up with a couple of people I hadn't seen for a while - who all promised me fabulous goodies for my WI stall in September, and I met people who I wouldn't have otherwise met. Brilliant.
Then it was off to my next engagement of the day.