It is our village annual Open Gardens day today, and miraculously the sun is shining. There was one day not so long ago when in spite of a truly torrential downpour visitors poured through the Parwich gardens, soaked to the skin.
Orchard Farm opens its doors too. We always feel a trifle foolish doing this; the first time we were asked we were horrified that our half made garden might be of any interest to anyone but were assured that it is reassuring for people to see the odd garden which is obviously needing some work and some weeding.
So the first time – about eight years ago, we called it a ‘garden in the making’ and made a little display of photographs showing the before (ramshackle field with docks and nettles growing rampantly over old asbestos blocks, corrugated iron, rusting tractor parts and even possibly some old animal remains) and the now as it was then.
We have made some progress since then but in our minds (and literally) it will always be – and look like – a garden in the making, but that description is wearing a bit thin by now. We’ll try and think of something a bit fresher next year meanwhile, please be warned, manicured it is not!