Seen at the Festival of the Tree

...if you would be happy all your life, plant a garden ~ Chinese proverb

Sunday, 29 May 2016

National Walking Month: How was it for me?

My walking kit for National Walking Month
My daily walking kit: I've had some strange looks along the way, but who cares?
I feel comfortable and I feel good in my special gear, and that's what counts. 

I have a confession: taking the #Try20 challenge for National Walking Month is one of the best things I've done in ages.

Confession number 2: I haven't quite managed a 20 minute walk every day. There was one rainy day which put me off, but that's OK because I went for an hour's walk the day after.

About a week in, I realised I wasn't taking my camera with me, which is strange because I usually take it everywhere I go. Pondering this fact on my walk, I decided it's actually quite nice to have a portion of the day without some kind of screen in tow, and to have a more mindful approach to my walk.

May has taken me from a thick fleece-needed wintry feel complete with dancing daffodils at the start, through to the brink of a t-shirt summer today with frothy cow parsley in the remnant hedgerows on the estate. There was the surprise find of English bluebells, along with joyful birdsong and some rocky outcrops reminiscent of Cleve West's show garden at Chelsea. No wonder that garden had so much resonance for me.

I've oft bemoaned the lack of view when stepping out of our front door; I'd still prefer to have a mountain or sea view to hand, but this month I've learned to appreciate the quieter riches of the here and now. I'm remarkably lucky to live in a place which is more like a park than a housing estate where there's a 1.4 mile route to trace, which is mainly off-road, and with the perfect combination of one third each of flat, puffy uphill, and warm-down downhill stretches.

My route's stuffed with the most amazing trees, comprising those preserved from the original farmland (including some mighty oaks), supplemented by lots of enlightened choice additions. Blossom time was particularly beautiful.

And so, as the end of the month draws near, I find I'm reluctant to let go of this precious time of the day. When I commuted to Bristol, I walked to the station every day and years on from that time, I find I've missed the walk that was so easily built into my daily routine.

I'm sure it's no surprise to you I'm going to keep going into June and beyond.

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Resonance Revisited

Like Dan Pearson's show garden last year, I've found plenty with a personal resonance at this year's Chelsea Flower Show...

Cleve West's show garden at Chelsea Flower Show
I immediately wanted to go for a walk in this garden 

Cleve West also chose to evoke a landscape this year, with his homage to the Exmoor of his childhood. It was beautifully planted and executed, with a contemporary feel rather than trying to replicate an exact slice of Exmoor. Its atmosphere took me back to geology field trips and many happy woodland walks.

Heucheraholics Haven at Chelsea Flower Show
You can always rely on Heucheraholics to bring some cheer to the Great Pavilion

Sean and Jooles's Heucheraholics Haven, brought back happy memories of childhood holidays in Bournemouth. They've excelled themselves this year and I'm delighted they won gold, especially as I always get a huge welcome whenever I see them.

Gods Own Country show garden at Chelsea Flower Show
Matthew Wilson puts the finishing touches to York Minster inspired God's Own County - A Garden for Yorkshire

My first trip to York was on the day my O Level results came out, along with the confirmation I wasn't going to fulfil my 10-year held dream and make it to medical school. Later that day, York Minster's atmosphere and its amazing stained glass windows helped calm me down and start thinking of a new way forward in life.

NAH is familiar with the city as he went to school there, so it's a special place for him too. We're off on holiday to Yorkshire soon, with at least one trip to York pencilled in for our stay.

Forever Freefolk show garden at Chelsea Flower Show
Rosy Hardy's Forever Freefolk for Brewin Dolphin

My Master's dissertation involved research into salmon and trout populations in chalk streams, so it's pleasing to see this special and precious environment discussed via a show garden.

It also highlighted no matter how deeply you study a subject there's always something else to learn. Until Monday I didn't know the UK - southern England in particular - has 160 out of the world's 200 chalk streams.

One of the microscopes in Birmingham's exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show
What was seen down each microscope also formed a giant-sized feature on Birmingham's exhibit

My change of direction which started at York ended up with me peering down one of these for hours at a time for a decade or so. I viewed exciting miniature versions of the giant coccoliths Rosy Hardy had in her show garden, plus all manner of tiny creatures and plants which form the base layer of the food chain.

I never expected to find them at Chelsea, nor to peer down them to find the tiniest of sculptures set in the eye of a needle on Birmingham's exhibit in the Great Pavilion. I walked past King's Heath nursery every day on the way to school, so I'm proud to see Birmingham do so well with gold again at Chelsea this year.

The Winton Beauty of Mathematics show garden at Chelsea Flower Show
There's also much to glean from The Winton Beauty of Mathematics Garden re water-saving and exotic gardening

My Master's research involved some quite complicated algorithms to explain the relationship between environmental factors and fish populations, so I was pleased to see Nick Bailey's beautiful celebration of maths and its relationships in nature. This gorgeous copper water feature was my must-have from the show.

I'm no mathematician, so luckily I could use a complicated spreadsheet to do the hard work needed with the equations and hundreds of variables. Here Nick showed nature itself can play around with maths to great effect.

Much as I loved Andy Sturgeon's and Cleve West's show gardens, it's this one that's stayed in my mind now I'm back home from Chelsea.

Senri-Sentei Artisan garden at Chelsea Flower Show
Sadly I didn't give my Mini the spot it deserved like the one on the Senri-Sentei - Garage Garden had

Finally, what could be more evocative than seeing the exact make, model and colour of your first car? My Mini was slightly younger than this one, but it was still like seeing an old friend.

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Wordless Wednesday: Abstract Chelsea

Collage of 4 abstract images from Chelsea Flower Show
Views from: Senri-Sentei Garage Garden, Antithesis of Sarcophagi, Rosa tunnel & Senri-Sentei Garage Garden

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Postcard from Chelsea Flower Show

New Covent Garden Flower Market's exhibit at Chelsea Flower Show

I've just got back from a wonderful day at this year's Chelsea Flower Show where there was so much to take in, so I'm still sorting through in my mind which stories I'm going to bring you this year.

I couldn't resist showing you the 'grand reveal' of the New Covent Garden Flower Market's debut in the Great Pavilion which I previewed on Sunday. It was getting a lot of attention yesterday and I was delighted to receive a replica brooch of the Queen's head part of the design from Ming Veevers Carter herself.

There was a huge buzz around this design, and I had the joy of discussing it with Carol Kirkwood, who thought it was 'just fabulous'. We wondered who'd manage to bring THE shot of the show - the above picture with a Chelsea Pensioner in the frame. Sadly I missed the opportunity by a few seconds, though I'm sure it'll crop up at some point this week.

More from Chelsea to come...

Stop Press


I've just heard this scooped a gold medal and the New Design award. Congratulations to everyone involved.

The Flower Market side of the design
And from the other side...

... and then courtesy of Twitter:



Sunday, 22 May 2016

RHS Chelsea Sneak Preview: Away from Main Avenue

It makes a nice change to highlight some of the features set to grace RHS Chelsea Flower Show this year which aren't show gardens. They'll still bring a strong floral theme to the show, and I look forward to seeing them tomorrow...

5,000 Poppies at RHS Chelsea Flower Show collage
Top left: Artist's impression of the installation at RHS Chelsea Flower Show (Credit: Colin Jackson)
The rest: The 5,000 Poppies installation at Federation Square, Melbourne in 2015 (Credit: Patrick Redmond)
The bottom right photo shows designer Phillip Johnson with Marg Knight and Lynn Berry of 5,000 Poppies


Poppies


Judging by what I saw RHS Malvern earlier this month, poppies are set to be the flower of the year, probably inspired by Paul Cummins's famed installation at the Tower of London in 2014 and its continued tour.

A parallel strand of remembrance was the 5,000 Poppies project in Australia, which started as a humble bid to crochet 120 poppies for a memorial in Melbourne, and culminated in Phillip Johnson's design for the centenary of Anzac commemorations using almost 300,000 hand-crafted poppies donated from around the world.

As you can see from the above, Phillip's design is set to grace RHS Chelsea, and will be reformatted to provide a poignant link between the showground and the Royal Hospital. NB Phillip is no stranger to Chelsea; his show garden was awarded Best in Show in 2013 - so much for my Fond Farewell!


Floral arches and tunnel


Floral Arch design for the Bull's Gate
Design for the Bull Ring Gate entrance
Picture courtesy of The RHS

Chelsea's main entrances are set to be much grander this year, with floral arches gracing the Bull Ring and London Gates in celebration of The Queen's 90th birthday. Royal florist Shane Connolly has designed the arch for the Bull Ring gate, and - hurray - it will feature all British blooms.

Rosa tunnel installation design
Picture courtesy of The RHS
Then the tunnel by the Rock Bank once again plays host to an intriguing floral feature as shown on the left.

Award-winning artist Joseph Massie's 'Rosa' hanging installation will feature over 5,000 fresh rose blooms,which will dry during the Show to provide a fresh perspective each day.

The blooms will be recycled at the end of the Show.


A floral debut


New Covent Garden Flower Market exhibit design for RHS Chelsea
Picture courtesy of New Covent Garden Flower Market

Meanwhile in the Great Pavilion, New Covent Garden Flower Market makes its debut at Chelsea with their Behind every great florist exhibit. I had the good fortune to meet the designer Ming Veevers Carter on my early morning tour of the Market recently.

Why the debut? Well, the Flower Market is due to relocate soon, and wants to reassure everyone that it's business as usual and the strong bond between wholesaler and florist will not be broken with the move.

Ming Veevers Carter - designer of the New Covent Garden Market's exhibit
Ming Veevers Carter at the Flower Market
- spot the flower buckets!
Ming told me she's excited about the exhibit and the challenges she's had to overcome in the process. Building a full mock-up prior to the show has helped to iron out problems and to prove the concept works.

The exhibit is 3 metres high, so one of the main challenges was to make it strong enough, without losing the effect of the signature Market-style buckets - in black instead of their usual pink - on the Market side.

To my mind, this side is the real design challenge too - it needs to look wonderful, not just a pile of buckets stacked on top of each other. When I looked at Ming's website, I found all kinds of mind-blowing creations, so I think the exhibit's in safe hands on that score.

On the other side, we're promised a rainbow burst of colour to represent the florist's side of the partnership, with the actual design of this part being kept secret until the very last minute possible. Anyone who visits the Show today may get an even sneakier peek than I have.

Thursday, 19 May 2016

All Aboard for the Chelsea Fringe

Victoria cruziana water lily at University of Bristol Botanic Garden
Victoria cruziana water lily settling into the warmth of the glasshouse at Bristol Botanic Garden. 

A couple of weeks ago I went to the launch of the Bristol based slice of this year's Chelsea Fringe. It was great to visit the University of Bristol Botanic Garden again, as well as hearing about the plans for the festival.

Chelsea Fringe is now in its fifth year and Bristol has been involved from the start. It's great to see the Botanic Garden is joining in whole heartedly this year - you may remember Andy and the team joined in with my Shows of Hands online event 2 years ago.

Their events include the launch of 2016's Floating Ballast Seed Garden in Castle Park this Saturday, plus a wall plaque workshop and oil tasting events on 28th May at the garden. There's also a photography exhibition by Howard Sooley in the garden's cafe throughout the festival.

Bristol Chelsea Fringe giant watering can

My favourite event from the launch was the giant watering can which now graces the check-in area at Bristol airport for the next 3 weeks. Bristol street artist Damien Jeffery sprayed the design and it'll be joined by 6 stainless steel bees hovering above the can courtesy of Strawberry Steel.

Kudos to Alan Down of Cleeve Nursery for getting this together (and kindly letting me use the photo) - he was responsible for the mobile garden in a truck for last year's Fringe, which was seen in various spots around Bristol.

You can watch a video on the installation at the airport and also look out for how it progresses via the #canfly hashtag on Twitter. Most of the plants are destined for three local primary schools after the event (Winford, Wrington and Court de Wyck in Cleeve).

Other events of note are the Get Growing Garden Trail which starts on 4th June and an intriguing film showing at The Cube cinema on Sunday (May 22nd), called 'Do Trees Talk (and if so, do they talk to bees)?'

I'm disappointed to miss the film, but I'll still have the delight of visiting a Fringe event or two on Sunday as I'll be in London. I'm currently trying to decide between the kitchen garden open day at Chiswick House, a Living Wall in Brixton (for my Great Green Wall Hunt project), or the Roundabout Refresh in Battersea, which is near where I'll be staying. I hope to see at least 2 on the day, if not all three.

Full details of this year's events (May 21 to June 12) are found on the Chelsea Fringe website. The site is easy to use and you can hone down your choice of events by date and/or location. UK based events range from Cornwall to Scotland with a little bit of Wales thrown in for good measure, plus there's more across Europe, Japan and Australia.

If there isn't anything near you, then there's also a couple of online events to explore... oh, and if you liked the look of my recent walk around New Covent Garden Flower Market, there's a Behind the Wall tour on 21st May and 1st June.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

The Lost World of Capability Brown

A selection of sculptures from the Elements of Capability exhibition at Lacock Abbey
A selection from the Elements of Capability exhibition at Lacock Abbey on show until May 22nd 2016

Keen garden historians are spoilt for choice this year with plenty of events lined up to celebrate 300 years since Capability Brown's birth. With around 250 commissions over his extremely busy lifetime, there are plenty of his landscapes to view around the country.

Instead, I've learnt recently about the intriguing 'lost world' of Capability Brown, as not everything he did has been preserved. I have a sense of irony here as he did exactly the same with many of his commissions. It's quite hard to find any gardens which pre-date Brown and his contemporaries as they swept away the past so they could fulfil their vision of what landscapes should be.

As mentioned previously, Lacock Abbey was one of Brown's commissions here in Wiltshire, so I was keen to learn more by visiting the Elements of Capability exhibition last week. However, to my surprise Lacock Abbey is part of that lost world; the team at Lacock know Brown was employed there, but not what he did.

Instead we have an exhibition of sculptures based on the key elements of Brown's designs - his managed landscape of fields, specimen trees, open water, focal points and big skies.

I still enjoyed the exhibition immensely and had a think about which elements of the Abbey's landscape might have been Brown's. To my untrained eye, the view from the ha-ha into the fields beyond the Abbey looks a good candidate, as it's full of specimen trees scattered around the landscape in a pleasing way.

I also thought one sculpture looked awfully familiar - the top middle one above - and I realised exactly why that was when I got home. Chris Beardshaw had the bronze version of this work in his show garden at RHS Chelsea last year.

The Gardening amidst the ruins: a tribute to Capability Brown show garden at RHS Malvern Spring Show 2016
Gardening amidst the ruins: a tribute to Capability Brown

Meanwhile at RHS Malvern Spring Festival earlier this month, a show garden presented jointly by Wyvale Garden Centres and the Historic Royal Palaces was used to demonstrate some of the lost and lesser known aspects of Capability Brown's work.

Research at Hampton Court Palace for Brown's tercentenary has revealed he loved creating gardens from medieval moats and ruins. These smaller gardens were a particular feature of his early work. Roses were plunged into half-submerged pots and were often used to line walkways and paths. Repeat flowering roses were unknown in Brown's time, so the roses for his gardens were raised in succession, with fresh pots replacing those that had finished flowering.

At Hornby Castle, it's been discovered that the moat there was converted at first by Brown into an aviary/menagerie, then into a rose garden. Here the exotic animals and birds strutted beneath netted tents supported by rustic posts. Then serpentine gravel paths were developed, lined by rose trees in pots partially buried in the ground.

It's these features which are represented by the Gardening amidst the ruins show garden seen above, along with architectural fragments borrowed from Hampton Court to represent the recent discoveries made in the Palace's archives. It was a hot day, so the garden's jolly chickens had retreated to the shade beneath the netting and couldn't be persuaded to pose for my photo.

It's turning out to be a fascinating year. I wonder what further discoveries will be made about Capability Brown before his tercentenary is over?

Over at Sign of the Times...


More sculpture from Lacock Abbey:

  • Altered Images - a reflective piece which I thought had something to say about the way Capability Brown altered the landscape
  • A Friday Bench - an almost inevitable contribution from this blog ;)


Sunday, 15 May 2016

GBBD: Clematis Surprise

Alpine clematis 'Francis Rivis' at the bottom of the garden

I declare the clematis season is open with today's surprise discovery of my Clematis 'Frances Rivis' at the bottom of the garden. It's a surprise because I cut it back hard late last year when I was tidying up that part of the garden and I thought I'd sacrificed the spring display in the process.

It shows what a tough clematis this is despite its delicate good looks. This is no doubt due to its mountainous heritage and it thoroughly deserves its alpina species name. The Clematis genus name is appropriate too as this comes from the Greek meaning climbing plant.

C. 'Frances Rivis' is one of my favourites of the many I have here at VP Gardens. It's an older clematis, dating back to around 1900 and is named after the Suffolk gardener who raised it from seed.  Elsewhere in the garden there are lots of fat buds showing promise of a wonderful clematis season this year. Thank goodness when I cut back those Darling Buds of MarchI did no harm and I now have the darling buds of May.

How's your garden faring this month?

Garden Bloggers Blooms Day is hosted by Carol at May Dreams Gardens.

Friday, 13 May 2016

In and Out the Spanish Bluebells

English and Spanish bluebells
Spot the difference: English bluebell to the left and Spanish on the right

One of the surprise finds on my daily walk this month are the ribbons of English bluebells threading their way through the remains of the old hedgerows on our estate. They're a joy to behold and I'd say we're currently at peak bluebell in this corner of the world.

Their presence has spurred me on to grub out the remaining Spanish bluebells I accidentally planted a few years ago. The packet was labelled as English, but as you can see from the above picture on the right they're clearly not.

My friend Helen posted on her Facebook page a few days ago urging her friends to take out any Spanish bluebells they find. Most people agreed, but someone said "Why? They're pretty!"

She has a point, though I'd say the delicacy of the English ones makes them much more beautiful, especially when viewed en masse in an ancient wood. Their heavenly scent and resemblance to a lake amongst the trees makes them one of the best sights of spring.

The gummy sap from English bluebells was used to fletch arrows in the bronze age and later to bind the pages of books together. Starch extracted from the bulb was used to stiffen collars and cuffs in Elizabethan times. Its potential for medicinal use is being investigated, particularly for the treatment of HIV and cancer.

Both bluebells are great for insects, particularly bees and it's this which is proving to be the downfall of the English bluebell as the two species can freely hybridise. Bees can roam for a mile or more in search of nectar, so there is the potential for quite separate populations of the two types to hybridise.

The hybrid is even more vigorous than its Spanish parent and a survey conducted by Plantlife in 2003 showed one in six broadleaved woodlands contained either the Spanish bluebell or the hybrid. As Britain has half the world's population of English bluebells, this is a cause for concern.

So today's task is to grub out my Spanish bluebells to give English ones at the top of the hill a fighting chance of survival. The accepted advice is to dig deep and remove all the bulbs. I've found stomping all over the leaves can be just as effective, presumably because this prevents the bulbs from replenishing their stores. It's easier and quite satisfying to do.

If you're not sure which bluebells you have in your neck of the woods, the Plantlife link above has a very good pictorial and descriptive guide.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Plant Profiles: Perennial Nemesias

Nemesia 'Wisley Vanilla'
Summertime Nemesia 'Wisley Vanilla'

It was wonderful at the weekend to be able to sit out on the patio without the need for fleece and gloves, at last. I drank plenty of coffee, had the odd ice cream or three, and took some time to see how the spring garden is coming on.

Then I detected the unmistakable scent of the nearest Nemesia 'Wisley Vanilla', remarkable because there are currently just a couple of stems in bloom after its late winter haircut. This was also one of my surprise plants in bloom for last December's Blooms Day.

I have a pair in bright blue pots either side of the patio doors, and their distinctive warm scent makes my nostrils crinkle with pleasure. They also remind me of happy times spent with Threadspider, so she still has a friendly presence in my garden now she lives so far away. NAH mistakenly calls them Amnesia.

Inspection of the other pot revealed its plant has succumbed to root rot over the winter, about the only problem with this plant. It was no surprise really as that pot's beneath a leaky gutter. Even with its demise, my plant's still given me good value seeing I bought it back in 2010. Time to buy its replacement, so I still have a matching pair.



Cultivation notes


Nemesia 'Easter Bonnet'
N. 'Easter Bonnet'
Many gardeners are surprised there are perennial nemesias, as they're better known as a popular summer bedding plant.

I think their perennial cousins deserve to be known better, especially if you have a southern or sheltered garden, or can provide the winter protection of a cool greenhouse.

They're rated as a half-hardy H3 in the latest RHS hardiness guide.

N. 'Wisley Vanilla' was bred by Martine Tellwright and was
Nemesia 'Fleurie Blue'
N. 'Fleurie Blue'
launched in 2004 to celebrate the bicentenary of the RHS. It isn't the only perennial nemesia of value to gardeners.

They're a British plant breeding success story, hailing from the Fleurie Nursery near Chichester, though the genus itself originates from South Africa.

Some of the other cultivars bred by this nursery are shown on the left. These are also lightly scented of vanilla, with a citrus overtone. They're relatively short, and grow to around a foot in height and spread. They are good for the front of the border, or in pots.
Nemesia 'Berries and Cream'
N. 'Berries and Cream'
They prefer a sunny spot and a moist, well-drained soil.

They flower for a long period, as long as the spent stems are trimmed back after flowering. I also trim back the deciduous stems down to a couple of inches in February or March to encourage fresh, bushy growth and I also give my pots a good feed to last them through the summer.

Most of these are Plant Breeders Rights protected, hence no propagation information.

Nemesia 'Amelie'
N. 'Amelie'
Flowering usually starts in late April or early May in my garden and lasts well into the autumn.

The flowers have a distinctive white or yellow central dot, surrounded by petals of a single or two-toned colour. Colours range from pure white, cream, blue, pink, red, yellow, or purple. Then combine any of two of those colours to make the two-toned cultivars.

Another British nursery which breeds perennial nemesias is Penhow in south Wales.




Latin without tears


Nemesia is derived from the Greek nemesion meaning similar plant. So for once botanical Latin's explanation leads to more questions - which plant(s) were similar, just Nemesias, or were there others? For instance, I think Diascia flowers look quite similar.

The species name for N. 'Wisley Vanilla' is strumosa, which means cushion-like swellings. 




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Saturday, 7 May 2016

In Praise of the Festival Theatre

Festival Theatre backdrop, Malvern Spring Show 2016
Part of the Festival Theatre backdrop, RHS Malvern Spring Show
The RHS Malvern Spring Show is stuffed full of delight this year -  there's a nice relaxed vibe, plus possibly the best weather in over 10 years of visits. I had a jolly time there this week.

Amongst the usual goodies are: show gardens worthy of Chelsea...tick; amazing plants in the floral marquee... tick; plenty of shopping... you bet;  best setting for a garden show... oh yes. Other bloggers have covered these aspects and I'll round them all up as usual over at my Meet at Malvern blog.

What really blew me away this year was the Festival Theatre. The team at TCAS always invite back a successful designer to provide the theatre's stage. They've excelled themselves by choosing local designer Hannah Genders, who in turn has used the pictured bespoke sculptures by Matt Sanderson.


Alan Titchmarsh giving lawn care advice at Malvern Spring Show

There's always a fantastic programme of speakers, which alone are worth making the journey for. This year is no exception, but for me my absolute star of the show is that amazing backdrop.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

It's National Walking Month

National Trust walk leaflets for 8 walks around Avebury and Stonehenge

I'm trying something a bit different for May, by starting each day with a 20 minute walk. It's something I've thought of doing for a while, then I found out it's National Walking Month. It's time to stop thinking and start doing!

There's a nice leafy little route through our estate which takes around 25 minutes, so I have the daily satisfaction of beating my 20 minute target*. Around a third of the way is uphill, so it'll be interesting to see how puffed out I get at the end of the month, compared to now.

It may be a familiar route, but I've found some surprises along the way. There are English bluebells along the line of one of the old hedgerows, and I can see a bright red stripy Big Top over at Allington Farm from the top of the hill.

To help ring the changes from my regular route, I've also got details of the National Trust's Stonehenge and Avebury Walking Challenge. This is a series of 8 walks, ranging from 2 to just over 6 miles, or a total of 50 kilometres in metric parlance. It's a good excuse to explore these iconic Wiltshire landscapes from a variety of perspectives and viewpoints.

I have until the end of December to complete these walks, so I have a good incentive to keep going after May.

What's different in your routine this month?

* = 27 minutes on Day 1 and getting faster! It might be spot on 20 minutes by the end of the month...

Sunday, 1 May 2016

GBMD: And the day came...


Bud breaking apple blossom in my garden with an Anais Nin quotation about bud break

With the cold winds and frosty nights we've had lately, I've had to have words with my apples. I've told them their blossom should stay snug and warm for a little while longer.

It seems I've given them the more painful option.

Fingers crossed for the apple harvest...

How's spring faring in your neighbourhood?
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