Apart from the odd quite fierce frost we are entering the phase of Spring, which is infinitely preferable to Winter. People often ask me what is the best time of year here, and for me it is Spring. How exciting it is when plants push their way through the ground, a few inches every day. Today I am dividing some special snowdrops, yellow ones, called Primrose Warburg. I have got about 40 of them, and I think I started off with 3. The last two days have been very sunny, and Polly has mowed the lawn for the first time, and sprayed the roses. Her and Colin have put out all the benches, which are pale blue and mauve, this sounds ghastly but is actually very pretty. We have done some new planting with Astelia Banksiae, thin green leaves with silvery edges, which will get to three feet. I always thought Astelia were tender but it seems not. They make a good background plant for Pulmonaria Diana Clare and white Astrantias. I am quite excited how this corner is going to turn out. The dogs went to a local hairdresser which I was very nervous about, but they looked fine, and rather better than before. Two years ago they went and looked appalling, I nearly wept. They looked skinned. Pertemba, the youngest, ran away from James, and went missing for about half an hour. I was quite worried, but it transpired that he had fallen in love with a terrier that was on heat!
I am getting used to this, but it still feels peculiar. I am lucky to have James and the garden, which I hope I am having some good new ideas for and the time to implement them. My birthday, which was onMarch 24th, did have my two sons and grandchildren ring me. My Amelanchiers, three of them, are flowering down the bottom. I am about to order six new irises from Cayeux, which is probably the best Iris supplier. I first saw them at the Chelsea flower show, and they are in France. Have just ordered a beautiful terracotta pot from Italian Terrace, to put some dahlias in. Stuck in the house I seem to be spending money, still finally I am getting some larger pots instead of the
whimsy little things that I have been getting used to!
This is what I am looking forward to