August’s theme is Open Gardens, or a Flower Show
(This can be a local flower show in your village or town, a national show like Chelsea, Hampton Court etc. or maybe even a small garden open for charity or to the public several times a year)
Other gardens open for charity too, the Wildlife Trust in Cornwall have several venues that raise funds for the Cornish Wildlife Trust. I was able to visit Trevoole Farm in June.
This is my kind of garden: old buildings with ancient stone, lichens, moss, peeling paintwork, faded wood, rusting wrought-iron work, corrugated iron roofs. Comfortable and unpretentious.
The Victorian greenhouse has wide reclaimed boards, a chintzy sofa and pews from a church as well as potting benches, terracotta pots, succulents, tomatoes and an impressive grape-vine. I could have moved in.
And lots of seating spots around, in sunshine or shade. Outside the summer-house or suspended between trees.
Pathways lead through tunnels of rambling roses to the potager and herb garden, or to a courtyard in which rusted shelving, old ladders and a disused AGA are put to use for the growing of herbs and vegetables.
At the rear of the courtyard is a shady area dripping with fuchsias and an overgrown porch.
And a track through the bog garden leads into the patchwork potager where an abandoned Morris Minor attracts a lot of attention, and where bees buzz happily among the borage and marigolds, nasturtiums and sweet-peas.
I took a lot of ideas away from this garden, not least which plants to grow to attract the pollinators. I have already planted the borage, nasturtiums, sweet peas and penstemons.
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- Create your own post and title it August: Flower Show / Open Garden
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- Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in September.
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