My garden has been bashed and battered by this endless rain and is sulking in a soggy mess. However, it is also rather lush and there are plenty of buds which just need a ray of sunshine to coax them out of their shell. I am sure that by Sunday it will be singing again, as will the local gardens open for charity in the National Garden Scheme. Good luck to all those taking part – and remember to pick their brains, it’s a great opportunity to compare notes and share experience, after all there’s no better advice than that of a neighbour who is working in exactly the same gardening conditions are you are.
58 Summerlee Avenue, N2
Owner, Edwina Roberts is dedicating the garden to her late husband who did so much to make it what it is today. It is densely planted with mixed borders and climbers such as wisteria, clematis, roses and honeysuckle – should smell delicious. Open Sunday 2-6. Cost £3.50 – children free.
14 Tetherdown, N10
This garden is east facing but manages to pack a punch. Based on a design using circles it mixes edible plants with ornamentals – after all it is owned by a food writer. Owners: Laura Washburn Hutton and Ian Pollock. Open Sunday 2-6pm
Railway Cottages, Dorset Road, Alexandra Palace N22 7SL
You get a a clutch of pretty gardens on the same street for your £4 entrance fee and there is homemade tea and cake is being served at no 2. Open 2.5.30