“I enjoy the spring more than the autumn now. One does, I think, as one gets older.” Virginia Woolf, Jacob’s Room
Not long now to the official start of spring but it looks as though it was well underway some time ago here at The Grove, and we have had good swathes of yellow around the gardens since December. Read more
In the south of England we have been enjoying a warm week and now it feels like we are in summer. The weather forecasters have told us that the weather should be warmer than normal for the next month at least.
With the sunrise the birds are singing their hearts out and seem to be chirping for most of the day. Then there’s the tap-tap-tap of the woodpeckers in Heath Wood and in the early morning and again in the evenings the occasional sound of an owl.
There is a rumour that at this time of year most gardeners sit in front of a roaring fire, drinking warming soup looking at seed and plant catalogues, in a sort of warm and cosy hibernation. If only that were true!
It is in fact the time of the year when the seed and plant catalogues come through the letter box and the choosing of plants for the following season is put onto paper, or spreadsheet! We take photographs of the borders through the summer to remind us of what grew well and what did not and more importantly where there are gaps that we need to fill. And also in the vegetable garden in the Walled Garden – which vegetables the chefs loved and which did not go down so well. We are of course eager to see what new varieties there are to try for next year…