I love this time of year! The recent days of glorious bright warm sunshine has lifted the spirits and spurred the enthusiasm for the garden back into action. At the moment here at Charcott we are still getting the odd frost so haven’t yet been brave enough to plant anything new but it wont be long. And to my delight the mild winter has meant that the geraniums that were left in the tubs outside the front door have actually survived and are just beginning to flower. Last weekend saw us enjoying balmy temperatures and the smell of new mown grass as DS cut the lawn, and this weekend we’ve been busy cleaning up the terrace and getting out the tables and chairs ready for summer teas – surrounded by chickens who were taking full advantage of the various bugs and beetles being unearthed!
An afternoon visit to the garden centre at Four Elms resulted in the discovery of a gentleman selling a wonderful assortment of second hand garden tools, benches, ornaments, gates, statues and tubs so we were able to come away with a couple of badly needed replacement garden forks – DS having broken our one remaining one yesterday digging the bean bed! This is a real treasure trove and I have every intention of paying him another visit very soon.
I also read a tweet from a lady in Devon a couple of days ago saying we are due to start 6 weeks of warm temperatures in the second half of April so here’s hoping this applies to Kent as well….! And today I heard the very first cuckoo.