A green fingered weekend – Nether Winchendon Village Fete

Last Saturday saw the world famous (well, maybe not quite that well known, but nearly) annual village fete in Nether Winchendon take place in the lovely grounds of Nether Winchendon House (as seen in Midsomer Murders, Poirot and various other TV dramas).

A staple event amongst all the villagers … my mother (in charge of the plant stall) and several of her localish friends have spent the last month if not longer growing, potting and repotting lots of plants, flowers, veggies and herbs.

From an early age I have sat for many  an hour at this time of year equipped with with the RHS Encylopedia of Plants, a permanent marker and lots and lots of labels.. and last Friday night was no exception.  I spent several hours looking up spellings, scribbling names, colours, heights and prices whilst my mother called out plant names and dashed about popping them into the relavent pot.

Once labelled up and several car loads later it was time to call it a day.

Saturday morning was an early one and required more loads of plants leaving the house so that we could set up.

Here is the finished result… looks pretty darn good doesn’t it?

Also to feature were the usual suspects of Splat the Rat, Tombola, Tractor Rides, Book Stall, Ball in the Bog, White Elephant, Brass Band Playing, Teas, Coconut Shy as well as a whole fleet of vintage cars.

Inspired with all this plant/gardening malarky I decided to get those fingers green & dirty myself… So on Sunday I found a couple of helpers to move an inherited greenhouse…..

& planted all the fabulous plants I had acquired the day before ……

The salvia is stunning and the sweet william is also about to add lots of needed colour to my bed… however, the beans and courgettes need to get a wriggle on!

I will keep you posted on their progress – though don’t expect great things.. I haven’t been known for my previous horticultural acheivements!