Nevertheless, I wanted everything to look as beautiful as possible. Last week, I purchased some end-of-season flowers to replace those that had not survived (mostly due to the darn chickens scratching them out, some due to benign neglect.) A few of them did not make it into the ground, so I scattered the pots in the flowers beds - but I doubt the garden club was fooled.
Many things did not go according to plan - primarily, our lawn mower would not start this morning and the lawn REALLY needed to be mowed to look civilized. Rog zipped to town and bought a new battery charger and it still wouldn't start. No neighbors with potential lawn mowers to borrow could be reached. At the last minute, Rog got it going and was able to mow the main areas just before the bus arrived.
What a wonderful bunch of enthusiastic, friendly gardeners! It was a hot steamy day, but I gave a short tour of our farm projects, they shopped in the store and ate lunch on the patio. Three friends, Mara, Julia and Lynn, helped and miraculously made everything go smoothly.
After the tour departed, we had raspberry-mint mojitos and lunch on the patio with our invaluable assistants. Rog and I hadn't gotten more than a few hours sleep last night, so as soon as everyone left, we collapsed in the hammock for a little snooze in the shade.
All in all, a very fine day.