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What a year for tulips

The daffodils are withering early this year in the hot dry April weather, but the tulips are thriving, bringing fantastic splashes of colour to the Italian garden. In the Glade there are cowslips all over the place, orchids are coming up in the grass and the fresh leaves on the trees are stunning, include a lovely amber acer in the memorial garden as well as brilliant green acers in the Japanese style garden. In the kitchen garden the bramley apple has more blossom than I remember from other years.

It was a gorgeous day for gardening and visitors, like summer but warm rather than hot! Lots of tidying was done in advance of the open day this Sunday, 24 April.