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The first snowdrops appeared, so we’re within sight of spring:

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Loving the wildflowers in the garden just now, especially the bluebells (there are pink and white ones as well as these blue beauties) and red campion popping up by the copse. Our latest WWOOFERs arrived today, a French family who live too far up a mountain to grow much food of their own. They have been hillwalking in the Lakes before coming here and are keen hikers and eager gardeners.

The latest batch of Sarah Raven tulips have flowered. They are sharing a pot with blueberries and are a pretty pastel pink with slightly wavy leaves.

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Our first bluebells of the year have begun to appear on the shaded banks of the garden. A cheering sight just in time for a sunny Easter weekend.

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Our neighbour, Janet, had told us on Hogmanay that our garden and the copse in the field are strewn with spring bulbs – snowdrops and bluebells in particular. Although we first saw Plunton House last spring, it was shortly after the worst snowfall in the area’s recent history and few bulbs had survived the onslaught of spring snowdrifts.

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So, on Saturday we got our first glimpse of this naturalised bounty. Where there was a pond a few weeks ago there are now masses of tiny white flowers growing on the slope. The more we looked, the more clumps we found – on the worn bare ground under the swing we tied to the old apple tree, on the grass verge, clustered for shelter around the base of rhododendrons. We’re trying to keep a note of where clumps look choked or threatened (like under the swing!) so we can move them to safer locations once they have finished flowering. We’ve also discovered early daffodils waiting their turn to blossom in the sun. Hard to believe on a cold and frosty day like today but Spring really is around the corner.

The dingly dell after the storm

The dingly dell after the storm

The bad weather over the festive season created a new garden feature for us – a floodwater pond in the area of the garden we call the dingly dell. This also happens to be where I planted most of the bulbs for spring plants in the autumn. The water feature lasted a few days so fingers crossed the bulbs have survived the ordeal!