Better late than never as it’s been a busy old week, I’m finally getting around to posting some of my images from the Didsbury Open Gardens afternoon on 13th June. I bribed Mr M with beer and Steppy 1 with cakes to join me on a wet afternoon in South Manchester, exploring some of the public and private garden spaces open for the day. In fairness Steppy 1, even though he’s an 11yr old boy mostly obsessed with football, is wonderfully open to new experiences and the cupcakes and treats laid on by the home-hosters helped 😉 As usual we left it to the last minute, then couldn’t find where to buy the £5 brochure gaining admittance to the gardens, but as we came out of the Food Market there before us was a wellie-clad couple looking at a map, a dead giveaway as fellow garden hoppers. They gave us one of their brochures, we donated a fiver and off we set at 2pm with 28 gardens to visit in 3hrs and storm clouds gathering overhead…..
The flower below is called an Allium and the bees loved it. These blooms were ubiquitous at Tatton Garden Festival a few years ago and they are all over Didsbury now, some may say a little overdone however as they are clearly so beloved by the under-threat bee, that can only be a good thing.
I’m looking forward to Tatton already now, got lots of tips and hints from the garden owners, and so want to do my garden so it looks pretty instead of just like a football pitch! Congrats to all who organised such a lovely event, which raised funds for local charities as well as being just an all round nice Sunday thing to do 🙂