I have just been asked to open my garden for a large community tour in June.
It is sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce and it is a big event in our county.
They are expecting 80 plus visits over a 7 hour tour.
I will be one of four home gardens in the event this year.
And needless to say I am very happy and excited about being asked.
And a bit overwhelmed about where to begin!
I started to feel a bit better when I looked at my photos from June of last year.
Now I can picture what will be blooming when and where my spots are that might need a bit of color.
I am so happy I got an early start this year on the new beds and planted so many new things!
I was geared up for a busy season for our own events and wanted extra blooms, so this is a “good year” to be asked.
Basically I am just adding a few knockouts and shrubs…. and then dividing some of the things that bloom in June into other areas. Many needed divided this year anyway.
I am so glad the daylilies will be blooming at that time!
I have a long section of wild ones from the home site I lived at when I was born. The house is long gone, but my mom and I dug up tons of the plants and moved them. The following spring they did dirt work and the bank was gone, but they live on in my garden now.
So what will I be doing to get ready for it? Weeding, mulch and last minute seeding. I have been adding some annual vines to the front porch areas and extra zinnias, larkspur and cosmos.
I am really thinking of how to rework the deck and front porch areas. All the while trying not to go to crazy buying things I don’t need. I have to tell you I am not an annual person and I really do not do containers. I like my roots in the dirt and the hose within sight. If I have to carry water to it…look out! I have a feeling I may be borrowing a planter or two from my family and friends….lol. Then they can take them home!
I did find this online and wanted to share….
Tips to make tour go smoothly
Members of the Going Native Garden Tour committee came up with a flier listing ``garden etiquette'' for those who sign up for their event. These common-sense tips are worth sharing, including my favorite: ``Be generous with your praise, gentle in your criticism'':
• Bring a hat, sunscreen, water and comfortable walking shoes. It's likely that the weather will be sunny and warm.
• You will be visiting residential neighborhoods and parking will be limited. If parking looks impossible, move on to the next garden and try later in the day. Carpool if possible.
• Plan a lunch break and pit stops. Restrooms will not be available in homes.
• Bring a camera and a notepad to record plants and landscape treatments you especially like. Ask permission from the owner or docent on duty before taking any photos.
• Stay on the marked paths.
• Do not clip or injure the plants in any way.
• No smoking. No pets. No strollers. No food. No litter.
• Turn off your cell phone or at least put it on ``vibrate'' mode so everyone can enjoy the gardens.
• Take only one copy of any available handout.
• Sign the guest book.
If you have tips or thoughts on garden tour ideas…please leave me a note!
(All photos from my own garden last June)