Thursday 13th April 2017 weather report:

11C this morning and a cool north-westerly wind, mostly cloudy.

Tasks for today:

Fourteen volunteers arrived to help with spring maintenance and tidying of the flower borders. It was time to remove last year’s wizened leaves from the gunnera by the pond, to weed the fern border, to mow some of the grass, to trim the edges of the red borders, and to clear brambles from near the fence.

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After two months of exceptionally warm, dry weather which saw us all preparing for drought conditions and water shortages June arrived and with it the rain.  The garden has had frequent and at times prolonged spells of wet weather that has allowed the garden to ‘green’ up, the wild flower sowings are flowering and I have been able to put away the hose-pipes and sprinklers.

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This has been another busy month as we continue to work at completing as much of the winter work as possible to be ready for the first open day on Sunday, April 10th.  It is really pleasing to see the difference we have made as the garden greens up and everything begins to grow.  It is a bit of a voyage of discovery for me because it’s my first spring in the garden and I do not know what to expect there are plenty of little surprises as new plants appear.

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