|Name of walk||Garden July 2022|
|Date of walk||2022-07-03|
This year we opened our Walney Island garden to the public for the first time as part of The National Garden Scheme. This is the main reason I’ve not posted a fellwalk since May, as I was too busy getting everything ready. We opened on Sunday July 3rd with the South Cumbria Brass Band playing over lunchtime. We had 104 paying visitors on the day and we raised £687 for various health/nursing charities. The blog is a tour of the garden in summer with photos from the Open Day too. Although as garden owner and band cornet player I didn’t find much time to take photos!
The patio with my four year old chilli plants in blue pots.
My plant nursery. I try to grow everything from seed.
Our first summerhouse, so we can sit inside out of the wind and observe the garden and the birds on the bird feeder.
Our cat Tigger loves to sleep on the sofa in the summerhouse.
There are three steps down into the main garden, which used to be a field.
I grow tomatoes, cucumber, courgette and aubergines in the greenhouse in summer.
Tigger follows me down the garden.
Veg and fruit beds.
We grow strawberries, raspberries, apples, plums, damsons, rhubarb, cherries and pears. Plus onions, shallots, spring onions, sugar snap peas, mangetout, french beans, runner beans, corn, lettuce, beetroot and chard.
My seedlings from earlier in the year growing in the greenhouse's heated propagator.
The young plants in the greenhouse.
Moving down to the woodland area. This photo was taken just after sunset.
Our pond is a wildlife pond.....no fish! (a few animal statues though!)
Tigger likes the areas of long grass.
My mini wildflower meadow.
A mixture of wildflower seeds and some hardy annuals sown direct.
View back up.
Our new summerhouse is named the 'Far Pavilion' because it's a bit of a trek to reach it. Originally we had the compost bins here, but it was a waste of a good space, so we repositioned them to one side and built the summerhouse to make the most of the view across to Blackcombe and the Coniston Fells.
The woodland area is mainly for spring plants and bulbs. With bird boxes and a hedgehog house.
We also added a loo, to save walking all the way back to the house.
I use the summerhouse as my cornet practice room.
Where we sit to watch the sunset.
Tigger loves to watch what is going on in the field.
We get some wonderful sunsets.
We spent the last year looking for a specimen plant to be a focal point at the bottom of the garden. We could find nothing we liked that could withstand the wind exposure, so we decided on these stained glass columns made for us by Karen Ongley-Snook of Ongley-Snoop Designs. Cool!
We made a Tigger sized hole in the fence, so both him and the hedgehogs could come and go with ease.
Amazing, the horse in the field loves listening to my cornet playing! The sheep don't mind it either.
Brian the farmer has delivered 107 lambs and ewes.
Off they go.
The view from my peaceful afternoon reading on the bench.
Making hay while the sun shines.
The tractors have been busy in the field this week.
My front garden is blue slate scree. I grow my herbs here.
Front garden window boxes.
The front garden is at its best in May, when the aquilegias are in bloom.
Son Tom does the door for our National Garden Scheme Open Day. We did a 'Find the 15 Garden Statues' sheet to keep any kids amused.
Note the cat weather vane.
Amanda selling tea/coffee cake and flapjacks from a table in my plant nursery area. We also had a plant stall near the back door.
Fellow bellringers Carl and Rachel with their girls.
Therese Assouad's photo of the event.
South Cumbria Brass Band getting ready to play. We set the gazebo up at the very bottom of my neighbour Sandra's garden. Emma from Deemon Performance Academy had provided the gazebo and chairs free of charge.
I waited until the long piece with multiple key changes....I'm not daft.....then slipped away to take a few photos. The band played from 12-1pm.
Cornet section minus me.
Euphonium, baritone and trombones. The trombones were well prepared for the Walney Island winds, which unfortunately today were coming directly from the north, which made it a bit chilly down the bottom of the garden. Meanwhile the top of the garden were experiencing a heat wave! Microclimates!
Emma took this photo which actually has me in it!
Elder-leaved figwort, was the plant that everyone wanted to know what it was. It is about 8ft tall and a bee magnet.
Wasp magnet too!
Along with Ladybird Poppies.
Rose Baron Girod de L' Ain
Black Scabious flower not fully out can look deep crimson in sunshine.
The Sea Holly, Eryngium zabelli 'Big Blue', was one of the others that people loved.
I sold a few of these on the plant stall. Achillea ptarmica 'Double Diamond'.
Black Scabious fully out, looking black.
The National Garden Scheme Facebook page used my sunset photo to celebrate the Summer Solstice.
Photo from the bottom of the garden taken after we moved in in 1991. It was just a field surrounded by a 6ft fence.
1992. Starting to lay out where things will be. Brendan had built the greenhouse at nightschool.
We will probably open the garden next year too! Come along and visit. £4 children free. For details google National Garden Scheme Cumbria.
Walked up the Sticks Pass to Stybarrow Dodd, Watson’s Dodd, Great Dodd and Clough Head, and back down via Mill Gill on Monday. 9 miles on a very warm day, so there is actually a new fell post to follow soon!