“The snowdrops will be perfect” Claire always says in advance of the snowdrop open days and she is always right! Some years we have a few in full flower in December, but then cold weather holds them up. This year, we had a cold snap in November and a mild Christmas and new year, and the snowdrops are later coming through. But the aconites …well, they are definitely ahead of the snowdrops!

The volunteers are erecting a wooden gazebo next to Daisy’s and Carolyn is working out the logistics to use it as a second catering outlet. Elsewhere we are clearing wooded areas for new walkways and clearing beds for new planting.

It is the beginning of a new year and a new decade and as ever we have lots of plans to restore the Gardens further (we are fundraising to restore the lilypond balustrade); and to makes peoples’ visits even more enjoyable. And of course we have to defend our 1st prize wins for our largest pumpkin and gorgeous dahlias!  Watch this space!