Virtual Garden blogs
Our supporters share their garden advice and experiences
With the majority of our open gardens taking place in June and July, we will be posting photographs and videos in the coming months when they are in full bloom.
In the meantime, please enjoy this series of blogs, written by our garden supporters, which we hope will inspire you to get out and enjoy your own garden.
“I moved into my home Thetford in in July 2015 and started work transforming the rear and front gardens from the weed-filled jungle they had become under previous ownership into something altogether more appealing which you might have seen during previous Open Gardens events.”
Jane and Alan's garden
“We have always supported the Hospice where we can and to open our front garden last year was nice for us to do something more.”
“My husband and I bought this 1930s town centre house in 2016. It was nearly derelict, as the photographs of the garden indicate. After clearing a number of large trees and overgrown foliage, I made a start on the garden design, based on garden rooms connected by repeating circles and arcs, with hard landscaping in black sandstone and grey slate chippings.”
“The glory of gardening: hands in the dirt, head in the sun, heart with nature. To nurture a garden is to feed just not the body, but the soul”
“This quote perfectly sums up why I love gardening. And in these unprecedented times, my passion for it has never had so much importance for my wellbeing.”
A reflection on gardening in general and making a new hidden garden
“In my view, all gardeners are eccentric. We know we’re fighting unbeatable odds: time, weather, pests and the depredations of grandchildren, and yet we carry on pushing that loaded wheelbarrow uphill year after creaking year.”
How much time do we actually take in just relaxing in our gardens?
“Have you ever wondered why we have gardens? I thoroughly enjoy my garden with all its problems and challenges, but I also acknowledge that it is so easy to get the balance wrong and not to spend enough time simply being in the garden. I propose a ‘Laziness Crusade.’”
What a beautiful spring we are having this year!
“The weather is perfect for early treasures in the garden. There are so many flowers to enjoy – delights that disappear before the open garden season gets under way.
Here are some my favourites in our garden now.”
A wild garden blog
“It’s been a dramatic month in my garden, nature has been breeding in all directions and this bounty of food has not gone unnoticed! Forced to work from home and only too keen to stare out of the window on occasions, I have been watching a pair of robins which have nested in the ivy-clad trellis across the other side of my patio.”
Mark's Out and About in Thetford blog
“It’s always interesting at this time of year to see what comes up. In the last few weeks as I go round the town I’ve spotted the masses of small white flowers of Danish scurvy-grass by the sides of the main A134 Bury Road – it’s a saltmarsh plant, but wherever roads are treated with salt in the winter in can thrive far inland.”