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!
It has been really hot here as it has in most parts of the country. We are getting ready for Open Gardens next Sunday, 25 June 2017. The rose above the stone barn has prolific blooms that we are hoping will still be there at the end of the week. Lots of hot air balloons […]
Chatsworth House played host to RHS flower show for the 1st time this year. The setting is delightful and the show gardens all very natural which is lovely to see in this Peak District setting. Peak District Premier Cottages contributed to the sponsorship of the Experience Peak District garden which won a Silver Gilt medal. […]
The Eroica Festival will be taking place at Friden Grange between the 16 and 18 June 2017. This is one of the most popular events in the cycling and festival calendars and Tom’s and Douglas’s Barns are ideally placed being only 5 miles from the venue. You do not even need to get in the […]