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Our (very wet) Open Day

Many thanks to all who came to our Open Day on the 12th June. We were so thrilled with how many of you donned your anoraks and braved the weather. The Great British public (at least the gardening section of it) proved they aren’t put off a day trip by a bit of bad weather. Many thanks to Peter and Clare for doing the catering in such difficult conditions.

“Good for the garden!” we all cheerfully exchanged as we ordered another slice of cake!





 Rachel had the brainwave of ‘pick your own’ sweet peas from the polytunnel, which was a great success. It was lovely to see people walking off with huge armfuls of joyfully coloured and scented blooms on such a gloomy overcast day. 

I had fun creating rose corsages for some beautifully crafted hats, made by a fabulous milliner in Harris Arcade Reading called Adrienne Henry www.adriennehenry.co.uk






I couldn’t resist showing you this photo as well, not very flattering of me, but it makes me laugh!



 We have another Open Garden Day on 10th July 1pm – 5pm which is part of the NGS yellow book . Although we’re always pleased to see a bit of rain, maybe it could come on another day please? 

Hopefully see you all on the 10th July!

Jo Wise




A winning combination

After another long day of picking for weddings and planting out tray after tray of half hardy annuals, I took a quiet moment to wander through the garden and picked my first bowl of strawberries and even better some David Austin roses, 'Port Sunlight' and 'Crown Princess Margareta'.


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What a joy, lots more to say but I think I am going to add some cream to those strawbs and watch Chelsea. 


Spanish Tunnel

.IMG_1978Finally we got a team together and have skinned our open Spanish Tunnel, many thanks to Jon, Dad, Petr and Helen. It nearly took off at one point, but we now have a roped-up flappy tent to protect roses primarily. The structure has been up since the winter, but we have been putting off the challenge, until the last moment and the roses were actually flowering underneath.


All GB soft fruit is grown under these kind of tunnels now and they have allowed Britsh growers to compete sucessfully with foreign imports and extend the season.