Winter was as short this year as it was long last. Whereas the snowdrops last year lasted for months, allegedly waiting for insects to brave the cold and pollinate them, this year they were over in the blink of an eye. They were very beautiful all the same and had secretly spread themselves around the garden during the warmer months to pop up and show their little faces where we least expected them.
We have started one of our new garden projects, planting the stump at the old farm gate. It already has Alec’s Rose growing proudly out of the top and the Crimson Glory vine (Vitis cognetiae) trailing over making a red cascade in autumn. Now, we’ve attached a ladder and bit by bit we’ll be planting it vertically with ferns and trailing foliage plants. It is currently under planted with spring bulbs and periwinkle, already giving colour.
We’re really grateful to Ben Fyfe , who, over the winter, has created for us our Dog House, our new self catering apartment for working dogs. Two cosy kennels being tested out here by the very wiggly Springer Spaniels, Bonny and Brodie.
Other visiting friends have been Brock and Brie the two young cobs owned by Toni in the village. They took shelter in one of our barns whilst their new Stables were being skillfully put together by Billy.
A regular visitor, our friend Kerry from Gloucestershire has been helping us with sweet pea planting and craft work making a new bird bath and food tray to hang in the orchard. A bit of shopping too – together we found some lovely new plant containers and a wonderful silk embroidery to hang in the Double bedroom of the B&B.
Most importantly giving Clover – Sausage a bit of a shampoo and condition in the Spa style she seems to be getting to enjoy.