Less than two months to go before we are on site at Chelsea to build the garden! Where did the last two months go, I ask myself? There has been a flurry of e-mails, phone calls, visits here and there and endless meetings in the quest to get the garden’s components up and running. Plants were sourced and ordered in January with most of the perennials being grown for us by Hardy’s Cottage Garden Plants in Hampshire. I spoke to Rosie Hardy this morning and joy of joys, buds are emerging from pots of brown soil! Paeony and Iris experts Kelways are growing these for us and the ferns: another phone conversation with Dave there who said that the paeony buds were starting to poke up in the pots and the ferns were coming on very well. April will see me flying down to Hampshire and Somerset to check the goodies out but the the feedback is…” a few more weeks of this warm sunshine and the plants will look great”. Must remember not to do too many of my rain dances, then. Luckily, the trees and hedges are local to me at Deepdale Trees in Bedfordshire but it’s still not worth going to see plants until next month.

Ah, now I know where the last couple of months has gone – I’ve been wishing it away waiting for spring!

The photo is of one of our trees, Mespilus germanica (Medlar). This was taken in May last year and shows the pretty white flowers which, fingers crossed, we should have in bloom for Chelsea. It makes a very decorative tree in autumn with stunning colourful foliage and unusual edible fruits, although I have heard them described as looking like cat’s bottoms!

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