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.