Today's weather was much better than January's for my monthly visit to The Botanic Nursery for their unusual plants workshop. Threadspider came with me this time and we had an uplifting couple of hours pottering around the nursery and garden areas in the enthusiastic company of the owner. Sensibly I restricted the funds I took with me, but was unable to resist the allure of a Prunus mume 'Beni-shidon'.
The picture shows part of the old walled garden on the left, which originally had a flue in the wall and glasshouses to enable exotic fruits to be grown for the old house, now a school. On the right are post WWII glasshouses originally used for market gardening until the oil crisis in the 1970's meant most commercial glasshouse production became uneconomic.
In addition to our plant-based heaven, we were treated to a dramatic display by the local crow population mobbing a buzzard flying low over the trees. I think we'll both be returning next month!