We're enjoying the simple pleasure of being in the garden all day every day lately.
There are four pairs of birds nesting - great tits and blue tits are already feeding young in the nestboxes on the end of the shed, the swallows are refurbishing last year's nest above the studio window, and wrens are making a nest in the clematis of the last two posts! Our tame robin keeps his nest a secret from us..
Things are popping up all over the place.
The Brandy Snap tulip collection lived up to expectations - gorgeous.
I'm painting canes for a sweet pea wigwam. This one is now planted with sweet pea 'Almost Black' and the deep purple and wonderfully scented 'Matucana'. Around it I've sown a dark plum coloured annual poppy and cornflower 'Black Ball'.
Can't wait to see if it works..
Last year's tulips from the black pots were replanted in the cutting beds and have given us lots of lovely bunches for the house.
This year in the pots are the delicate and beautiful 'Vintage Silk' collection from Sarah Raven who has a great eye for colour combinations.
An unlikely success as a cut flower is purple sprouting brocolli - it has lasted nearly a week in the vase (and doesn't smell cabbagey at all).
I love time spent outdoors - fresh air, birdsong, some physical work followed by a good night's sleep....a little bit of heaven.