Frenetic Phoenix - Life with Marina Christopher

Marina Christopher

April is here. The cuckoo has returned and the first few swallows have chattered over the nursery. Blackcaps are singing lustily from willow saplings and plants (and weeds) are growing apace. The season has started and I am not ready! 

Plantsman’s Days at Bury Court start next week (the 30th April) and the leaflets aren’t printed, hence attachment. Please contact me a.s.a.p. if you would like to visit and require lunch. 

The next two weeks are manic as you can see from the clip from my diary – why did I agree to all these plants sales and lectures? In the depths of winter it all seems so manageable – now in the cold light of day how can I be in Devon one day, Dorset the next, Hampshire after that and still have time to water, collect plants for sales and get some sustenance and sleep? Utter madness - but I hope I might see you at one of the events. 

Meanwhile I hope your growing season has got off to a good start. A mild winter and few serious frosts has given us a fantastic spring; bulbs have been spectacular from snowdrops through to a magnificent display of tulips, blossom is delightful and magnolias wonderful. Bees and butterflies are in abundance – I have noted 7 butterfly species so far. 

I haven’t got round to sorting out any Open Days as I have been frantically growing plants to be used for the Chelsea Flower Show but as that is now coming to a close I will be able to turn my thoughts to other things. I will keep all interested parties posted via email.

Do remember that I am open by appointment if you should wish to visit. Click here for all my contact details.

Clippings from my diary - catch up with me at any of these forthcoming events.

24.04.14    
Rookwood House, Stockcross, Newbury, Berks, RG20 8JX
9.30-7.00

27.04.14
Combe Manor, Combe, Hungerford, Berkshire
10.00-3.00

30.04.14
Bury Court Gardens - Plantsman's Days, Bentley, Surrey, GU10 5LZ
11.00-3.30 (+Talk)

May

2.05.14
Powderham castle - Toby Buckland, Devon
10.00-5.00

3.05.14
Powderham castle - Toby Buckland
10.00-5.00

4.05.14
Athelhampton, Dorset, DT2 7LG
10.30-3.00

5.05.14
Longstock - Plant Heritage Hampshire
10.00-4.00

8.05.14
Wellbeing of Women, Dummer Cricket Centre, Hampshire, RG25 2AR
9.30-3.30

10.05.14
Treloar, Holybourne, Hampshire
10.00-12.00

10.05.14
Savill Plant Fair
10.00-5.00

12.05.14
Talk - Stella Strachan Bentworth

14.05.14
Denise Liddle - Liss Golf Club

17.05.14
Badminton Plant Fair
11.00-4.00

20.05.14
Holmbury St. Mary (Lecture & Plant Sale)

28.05.14
Bury Court Gardens - Plantsman's Days
11.00-3.30

31.05.14
Longstock
10.00-4.00

Bury Court Leaflet 2014.pdf (376.62 kb)

Best wishes for a bumper growing season

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