The laburnum walk is looking spectacular – confusingly there are two different trees that are sometimes called Golden Rain trees. The Gardens also had the other one, the Koelreuteria paniculata, or Pride of India, but it was lost and the replacement is taking a long time to grow to any size.

It was a glorious day at the Gardens – fresh from the recent rain. But not sufficiently wet that we didn’t have to spend half the day watering! The apple blossom is now joined by the quince; and we can start to see how much fruit has been set on the plums and cherries. We are hopeful that frosts are now finished, so Sam and Richard are refreshing the dahlia border and we are getting ready to plant out tender veg.