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Our gorgeous purple lambs’ tails

There was ice on the lily pond and the ground was frozen, but catkins everywhere this month have reminded us spring is on its way, albeit perhaps a bit arrested by this cold snap. Our purple hazel catkins were a picture. It was difficult to see that the catkins were releasing their pollen into the breeze to be caught on the much smaller and sticky red female flowers. Note to self perhaps I need to carry a magnifying glass in my gardening pocket!

A wide variety of jobs were done today, some seasonal gardening, but mostly getting the Gardens ready for our first snowdrop visitors: giving a lick of paint to benches and tables, cleaning Daisy’s, ensuring the loo doors close and of course lifting some snowdrops from nursery beds ready for sale to our visitors.