Thursday, 5 May 2016

Hanley Open Gardens Spring Bank Holiday Weekend 2016



The village of Hanley Swan has for the last five years held, in its current format, an open garden festival over the May Bank Holiday Weekend in aid of the village church.
This year 20 gardens were taking part, there was a variety of different shapes, styles and size.



Different symbols were posted outside each garden, ours was a hare...


...where visitors were greeted by pots of tulips along side the alpine boxes...


...here Pulsatilla vulgaris is enjoying what little sunshine there was...


...the parasol on the patio served more to keep the rain off than the sun...


...the pear blossom looked wonderful...


...as did the tulips in pots, from left to right, Queen of the Night, China Pink and Princess Irene.




Braving the cold weather was the alpina Clematis, 'Pamela Jackman'...


...'White Moth'...


...and high in the Liquidamber tree, 'Boughton Bride'.


There was enough water over the weekend without the water features...


...this is a new bird bath incorporating a running tap in the 'Woodland Walk'...


...which is the area for the new Bug Hotel being developed by the Granddaughters...


...wellie boots were certainly de-rigeur over the weekend.


I planted this basket to go to the RHS Malvern Spring Show, this weekend, on the Gloucestershire Federation of Garden Society's stand to promote the Black Pear Gardening Club, whilst we are in Worcestershire, the GFGS has members in neighbouring Herefordshire and Worcestershire.



Now all we have to do is prepare for the Hanley Swan NGS Group open gardens on the 11th& 12th June.  You can find us here:   NGS Open Gardens

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21 comments:

  1. I hope it goes well in June - it was lovely driving through Hanley Swan today on the way to/from Malvern Show :)

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    1. Thank you, I hope you enjoyed the show.

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  2. It looks splendid! I wish it were practical to have such a scheme out here, but not a chance... Your clematis are lovely :)

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  3. What a shame about the weather, your garden looks so lovely already.

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    1. The sunshine arrived on the Tuesday. Thank you Jessica.

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  4. Congratulations on your garden open event! Your garden looked spot on! Must keep an eye out for the next one. We're off to Malvern tomorrow - will be looking out for your stand, and your basket.

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    1. Thank you, enjoy your day at Malvern. I hope to see you in June.

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  5. When I saw notification of this in my Mum's Telegraph Brian and your comment on my blog about the wetness of your local weather made sense! What a shame - but hopefully it didn't deter people too much. Your garden wwas leaking neat and trim (as it always does?) And those pots of tulips are stunning - and perfectly timed too. Good to see your C alpina too - Pamela Jackman is going to become one of my favourites I think

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    1. The C.alpina are so elegant and very welcome this time of year.

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  6. Looks beautiful, Brian. Loved the pots of tulips - esp. China Pink!

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    1. Thank you Eliza, China Pink and Queen of the Night was a recommended combination by Alan Titchmarsh in a garden magazine.

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  7. It's hard to remember that it was still cool last weekend :) We spent a week in Hanley Swan a few years ago staying in a house with a fabulous walled garden. Will have to time it to return one year and fit this event in before the Malvern Show. Hope that the grand opening event goes well. Have you got a VP cutting the ribbon?

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    1. No VP booked yet!
      You are welcome to come and find us any time you are in this area Anna.

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  8. Pesky weather! Your garden looks spectacular.

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  9. Your garden is looking fabulous. I love the pots of tulips.

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    1. Thank you Chloris. The tulips are the stars of the show this time of year.

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  10. I've just caught up with your post Brian, I hope all went well and love the poster by your Grandchildren, what a perfect project for them.

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