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Sue Tatman

Sue Tatman

  • Date Joined: 11 Jun 2007

Monday - Almost there

Posted by Sue Tatman on 16 Jul 2007 at 08:36 PM

The weather goes from one extreme to another, non-stop rain yesterday, glorious sunshine today. The judging is tomorrow, so everything has to be finished today. Most of the day is spent planting, then covering the compost with a mulch of bark chips. This has to be done carefully, to protect the plants and not to spill too much compost on the woodwork. For an RHS show garden the plants have to be in immaculate condition. This means every damaged leaf has to be removed, every spot of compost on the leaves carefully brushed away, and dead-heading will be a daily ritual. Plants that are less than perfect are rejected - although they will be found good homes later. I hate waste, so after Tatton all the plants will be sold off or re-used in other wildlife-friendly gardens.

When plantng is complete we have to scrub every trace of mud off the woodwork. When the judges come around tomorrow it must look as though it has been basking in the sunshine for months! We are keeping our fingers well crossed and hoping the judges like it as much as we do. Then I'm looking forward to relaxing a bit, and having time to appreciate all the other wonderful gardens on the showground.

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