On Sunday we opened for UKRAINE, In the morning were our friends and family, quite a lot luckily. We had a lovely day and all the Malus were in full blossom. Malus Hupehensis on the left and Malus Transitoria in the paddock also flowering. Malus hupehensis is very tall and very white, and Malus transitoria is spreading, both equally beautiful. Personally I prefer Malus transitoria as it is a better shape and the ones at the back were still flowering. Because of the time of year the colours are very intense and the star of the show were 150 new tulips that we had planted in the main border, called Bleu Aimable. They are a kind of pink mauve, with if you look inside, a blue centre. New ones in the par terre are called Marmalade, and live up to their name. The tulips that flowered for the longest time are named Sanne, the first to flower and the last to go. We planted several species tulips but they will take a year or two to make a splash.
The two Magnolias in the paddock that got badly frosted have come back, but there goes another year. The doorbell went yesterday and I thought it was a neighbour who I had had a minor tiff with, but it was Bert who is the head of a.Dutch company that brings people to us. We had not seen him for two years due to Covid, He was coming to see what it looked like with his wife! No wonder he was having a look as gardens do not stand still. At the moment it is raining which we badly need as it does not seem to have rained for ages. Nicholas, my grandson came too, and he had got Paddington Bear and Mr Fox out on the bed. `I am rather pleased that he has not outgrown them already. My friend Jake came, and it is the second time that she has come to help and I feel very indebted to her. A couple of people came with their dogs, and I felt cross with James as Temba is quite mad and goes for dogs that are twice his size. He would not stand a chance, he is a mad little thing. Once we had a shitzu who lost the sight of his eye in a dog fight. I dont like other dogs in the garden for this main reason. Anyway it was a lovely day and a huge success and well worth all the hard work, that had particularly come from Polly.