It's exciting because we've been having long periods of grey skies, not good for any one, least of all things like seedlings on window sills, they get "leggy", like they're desperate to reach sun.
Not only did we have sun yesterday (Sunday), but we had a little outing to an open garden. The first of the season! Hugo spent most of the car journey exclaiming that he couldn't believe we were going on an outing. I suppose it has been a while since we've been out for the day, I have been spending all my weekends working lately.
I was a little sceptical as to how good a garden could be at this time of year, but as Hugo repeatedly said, "there will be tea and cake" in a very insistent way, I realised that it was important to him we go.
It's Shepherd House Garden, the website is here.
I've heard and seen Auricula theatres (see some amazing ones here), but never come across Snowdrop theatres.
Have you heard that some Snowdrop bulbs exchange hands for thousands of pounds? For people who collect Snowdrops, the subtle differences are very noticeable, and obviously very valuable.
This garden isn't an enormous garden, but the way the space has been used is very clever, and you wander around through different "rooms" being entertained by the imaginative layout and planting.
I can't wait to return to this garden later on in the year.
There's another reason I want to return to this garden, and it's not just because I know it will get more abundant and exquisite as the year progresses. It's because there is a little dog, (the same breed as ours, Miniature Wire-haired Dachshunds), called Katie, who lives there. I was so busy stalking her, to try and get a cuddle, I forgot to take her photograph. Hugo says I looked like a dog snatcher, and the reason she looked so nervously at me, was that she was thinking the same thing as Hugo. I just wanted a cuddle. Actually I did get one in the end. I followed her all the way to her Dad, who picked her up and offered to let me hold her. As long as I didn't run off with her.
"Did I really look like a dog snatcher?" I asked Hugo incredulously, as we drove off in the car later.
"Yes," said Hugo forcefully, "everyone visiting the garden probably thought you were a dog snatcher too".
We've not had a day out for a while, and have lost our stamina for it, because by the end of the day we were both exhausted. Crazy isn't it.
Well, I'm off back to work. Cheerio! Love Vanessa xxx