Open Garden

HPS Diamond Jubilee open gardens

Sunday 20th August 2017 dawned bright and sunny after a week of rather unpleasant mixed weather, and it remained comfortably warm and dry all day. I opened my Sheffield garden for the Hardy Plant Society Diamond Jubilee.

Starting at 11 a.m. business was brisk. I had assumed that garden visiting was mainly an afternoon occupation, but half our visitors came between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Then there was a short lunch-time lull when I managed to snatch a piece of pork pie to keep me going before the afternoon visitors started to arrive. There were many familiar faces, plus a number of people who had seen the full-page article about the garden in the Sheffield Telegraph the previous Thursday. We had a total of 193 visitors.

Plants which attracted the most interest were my Tropaeolum, which (I’m not going to be modest!) looked splendid, my Sarracenias (American pitcher plants – many visitors were surprised to learn that they are hardy), a dainty white-flowered Clematis potaninii which I had grown from seed, a Persicaria with attractive foliage, and pink-flowered Diascia personata. At 6 to 7 feet tall it is a plant you just cannot overlook! I remember its name by thinking ‘Diascia with personality’.

A number of friends came and helped on the day, and I am very grateful to them.

The proceeds from my open garden will go to the Sheffield Children’s Hospital.