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Last September, I was asked if I would organise a village wide open gardens. It isn’t a large village, but we have 13 gardens opening, plus the village allotments. I have been pleased with the response I have had and I think all those opening are getting rather excited. I am expected to open my garden too. Help! I keep looking around and seeing what needs doing and am finding it even harder to relax in the garden than usual! Still, despite winter losses, a large pittosporum in particular, which has left quite a hole, the garden is looking quite pretty. Some gentle rain would be appreciated though!

Has anyone organised an OG before? I would appreciate any tips!

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spritzhenry opens hers for the ngs. send her a pm I am sure she'd be happy to help, unless she is too busy getting hers ready to open :o)

good luck, what ever happens it will be fine.
oh and as for gentle rain... yes please, me too.

27 Apr, 2011


GoY member Andrewr opens his garden in conjunction with another locally, so he would have useful advice for you... Good luck with your plans !

Which type of Pittosporum did you lose over winter ?
My two struggled a bit, but have survived ...

28 Apr, 2011


My 10-12 year old large Pittosporum tenuifolium Irene Patterson has really suffered this year TT, but has new growth so fingers crossed. I lost Pittosporum eugenioides Variegatum and Pittosporum 'Tobira' but I expected to lose them after last winter.

28 Apr, 2011


My Pittosporum tobira variegata is very close to the front of my house... not the ideal place, but the protected position does seem to have helped preserve it over the cold winter...

My Pittosporum tenuifolium variegatum lost many of its leaves, but is now sprouting lots of new growth.
Drc ~ does your tenuifolium produce new growth mostly at the top, with dead branches lower down ? I can't seem to encourage new growth in the lower third of the bush ...

28 Apr, 2011


No in fact the opposite its the top 1/3rd of mine that has suffered and the bottom 2/3rds that is producing new growth.

28 Apr, 2011


How strange ....

28 Apr, 2011


Good luck ! :)

30 Apr, 2011


I went to an ngs open gardens last week. They had invited a local nursery to do plant sales. Win-win. One less thing for the open garden to worry about. Small specialist nursery introduces themselves to lots of local enthusiastic gardeners. I couldn't resist a dark blue Aquilegia 'Double Violet'.

30 Apr, 2011

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