24 April 2014 By 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.
Rookwood House, Stockcross, Newbury, Berks, RG20 8JX
Combe Manor, Combe, Hungerford, Berkshire
Bury Court Gardens - Plantsman's Days, Bentley, Surrey, GU10 5LZ
Powderham castle - Toby Buckland, Devon
Powderham castle - Toby Buckland
Athelhampton, Dorset, DT2 7LG
Longstock - Plant Heritage Hampshire
Wellbeing of Women, Dummer Cricket Centre, Hampshire, RG25 2AR
Treloar, Holybourne, Hampshire
Savill Plant Fair
Talk - Stella Strachan Bentworth
Denise Liddle - Liss Golf Club
Badminton Plant Fair
Holmbury St. Mary (Lecture & Plant Sale)
Bury Court Gardens - Plantsman's Days
Best wishes for a bumper growing season