I didn’t expect to be fending off wasps while I was dead-heading a camellia; but it wasn’t just wasps which the warm March weather brought out – there were bumble bees and butterflies as well.
And so, for the first time, it’s been worthwhile to prepare a slide show of the garden in March. The warm spell has brought spring forward by a fortnight so that we’ve had a good crop of early tulips from the cutting garden, with plenty more to come. In the greenhouse the cannas are a good 9 inches high and, best of all, in the orangery the banana are growing strongly and the tree dahlias are springing into life. So far, so good.