In the UK the National Garden Scheme has been raising money for health and nursing charities for almost a hundred years through the opening of private gardens across the nation. This year those charities are threatened with a drastic drop in donations as gardens are kept closed due to the pandemic restrictions. The National Garden Scheme website has therefore started a campaign to show videos of many of the gardens that were due to open this spring, in the hope that visitors may also consider a donation. 😉
Do explore their excellent website. It is glorious to see all those wonderful gardens in the spring sunshine, but there are also many stories surrounding the gardens and gardeners, as well as news, garden products and even recipes.
If you like tulips you will LOVE this virtual tour of the tulips gardens at Dunsborough Park, UK. Do visit!
Dutch masters; a virtual visit to the Dunsborough Park tulip festival
Every Monday Cathy at Rambling in the Garden invites us to join her in picking flowers etc from our gardens to plonk/artistically arrange in a vase. Well, after missing last week I was convinced I had nothing for a vase again this week… small plants don’t like being chopped about and the few flowers I have are for the bees. But then I looked again…
The last tulips are still hanging on – flowering since Easter they have withstood heat, cold, frost and WIND! The one on the left is Menton, which is much pinker than I had expected but fits well in the butterfly bed. (You can just about see the others in the background)
The other tulip is Amazing Parrot, which hasn’t opened out as much as many parrot tulips, but that seems to have helped keep it intact for so long. I love those peachy pink hues. 🙂
The incredible Ice N Roses hellebore still stands tall and I love the faded flowers.
And at the centre is a pretty aquilegia with a rather complicated name: ‘Winky Double Rose and White’. I am adding aquilegias to the new garden with care as I don’t want to be inundated with purple ones again!
I also found one last Narcissus ‘Cheerfulness’ and some silvery foliage from a patio pot.
And I think I may have found a good spot to take photos at last! At least this afternoon, with the sun going behind clouds all the time, I found my potting table was in the ideal spot. I tried putting a table cloth on it to hide the dirt, but I think it looks better without!
So once again, many thanks to Cathy for hosting this meme and encouraging me to go out and hunt for some treasures to brighten up a chilly Monday! Do go and visit her and see what everyone else is finding in their gardens for a vase this week.