It has been a long cold winter but everything is looking blooming lovely for green-fingered gardener Rosie Hamlin who will be showing off her flower power this summer.
Talented Rosie is getting ready to throw open her garden gate later this month to show off her fantastic floral displays as part of a nationwide scheme which encourages private gardeners to open up their lovingly tendded creations to the public.
Rosie’s Bessacarr garden will go on show as part of the National Gardens Scheme - and she can’t wait to welcome visitors to her Whin Hill Road home.
She said: “I’ve always loved gardening. I love seeing other people’s gardens and I hope people will enjoy seeing mine.
“It is very therapeutic and I can spend hours out in the garden.”
It’s not the first time Rosie’s garden - The Red House - has gone on show to the public.
Before signing up for the NGS project, she had unveiled her garden as part of the Hidden Gardens of Bessacarr project for more than 10 years - and last year welcomed more than 200 people to her nature garden at a series of open days.
She added: “The joy is watching the garden develop and seeing your plants grow. I am very patient and it’s wonderful to see things you’ve cultivated years earlier come into bloom.”
Visitors can expect to see a blaze of rhododendrons, acers and azelias in the two-thirds of an acre garden as well as a pond and even hens.
Added Rosie: “It is very much a spring garden but the weather this year has really put things back. I am way behind schedule at the moment but I am confident everything will be ready in time for opening.”
Rosie’s garden, which is at 17 Whin Hill Road will be open on May 19 from noon to 5pm and June 16 from 2pm to 5pm and she will serve refreshments and teas. Admission is £3.
■Jasmine House at 145 The Grove, Wheatley Hills, will not be open this summer due to illness.