It is always very pleasing when someone invites you to visit their garden with a view to opening for the NGS. So the other day I grabbed my chum (a serious horticulturist and garden owner) and we took up the invitation to visit my second garden of the year.
You may think January is not the best time to judge a garden, however this is when you can get a real sense of the garden, not be distracted by how good the roses are or overwhelmed by the health of a plant which you have been struggling with for years. This is the time when you see the bare bones of the garden, with each area stripped down to the minimum and the harmony and overall design is clearly revealed.
A neat garden, it was however short on interest and not really up to the mark to be open for the public. Then there was the problem of nowhere to park and a hugely busy main road. The summerhouse we felt would not suffice for the teas, and this, for some, is the most important part of the garden.
It is tricky moment when you have to impart with what could be perceived as a rejection, I would like to call it a postponement, especially when you know it is their pride and joy.
We departed, agreeably with the advice that it was not quite ready yet for opening, but to keep on gardening and visiting other gardens.