This Spring is proving a great opportunity to see some plants at their very best. The longer, harder, colder winter we experienced this year has seen some plants look happier than they have done in years. The apple blossom for instance and the handkerchief tree or Davidia involuctrata.
This tree had never produced a ‘handkerchief’ until 5 years ago, and while it has got better each year, this year it is putting on a fantastic display.
Some good things have come out of this recession, and in this instance I am referring to the Sennicotts Gardens National Gardens Scheme opening in 2009.
Presumably due to the recession and a reduced appetite for travel abroad the numbers of people attending our garden opening in May 2009 were significantly higher than usual. Roughly double the numbers. Which meant this year we welcomed over 600 people in four hours one sunny Sunday afternoon in May.
It would also be perfectly possible that the high turnout was partly caused by the word getting out about the quality of the homemade cakes on sale! Predominantly made with the eggs from Sennicotts chickens and ducks and by Jeanne Jupp and her assistants they are exceptionally good and the whole proceeds of tea and cake sales goes directly to the NGS.
The afternoon went very smoothly with the exception of the traffic jam on opening when 60 cars were clocked arriving in the first 15 minutes. We apologise if you were in this queue.
We were therefore thrilled to be able to raise £3,000 for the NGS on this single afternoon – our record for a single day.
Many thanks to all who attended.
Do please get in touch if you lost anything while enjoying the gardens (web enquiry email)