Honoured! Our herby landlord space accepted for Didsbury Open Gardens

Sian Astley lady builder choosing Valspar paint colourI can’t tell you how chuffed & delighted I am to have one of our rental gardens accepted to be part of the Didsbury Open Gardens event on June 14th 2015. The event showcases stunning local gardens, from impressive, lose yourself areas to compact but blooming back yards and I hope that the south facing garden I designed in a communal space for our tenants back in 2005 will make visitors happy! I spend a lot of time ensuring that the interiors of our rental properties are Moregeous (more than gorgeous!) but think communal areas are just as important and these are often forgotten or ignored by landlords.

I plant flowers and herbs which my tenants can use for cooking, and am planning some home grown herby cocktails for the Open Gardens event – I’m thinking Gin & Thyme Martinis, Bloody Marys with Oregano and Minty Mojitos! The fab Annalise from A Taste of Honey deli will be baking cakes for us to compliment the drinks. I can’t wait!

To give you a taster, here’s what the garden looked like when we first took over – awful huh, with it’s boring flags and tarmac paths:

2015-04-19_0004We got stuck in and removed the large hedge between the houses, laid a beautiful slate path, raised some sleeper beds and created Japanese style fencing:
2015-04-19_0003And within a matter of weeks it was looking SO different!2015-04-19_0001Local artist Amanda McCrann created an amazing ‘Smile’ mosaic at the front door to frame a small bed in which we now have cherry tomatoes, alliums and edible violas 🙂 2015-04-19_0002Obviously I’ll be doing some DIY, painting and planting over the coming weeks because well, I just can’t help myself. I started yesterday by revamping chairs and deciding on the Valspar colours Evening Coat Grey and English Primrose yellow. Undercoat first though, like a very good DIY girl! 🙂

2015-04-19_0007Do come down and see how our garden has matured and grown in the last decade, try our herby cocktails and enjoy a summer Sunday with us in June!

All proceeds from cocktails & cake going to my fav local charity, yup you guessed it – Love Withington Baths x

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2 thoughts on “Honoured! Our herby landlord space accepted for Didsbury Open Gardens

  1. Love it! How nice it is to see a landlord care about the landscape and even add edibles in! As a realtor, landscape designer, and landlord I think this is awesome! Applause!

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