Spring was delayed by 2 weeks because of snow and temperatures of -18c. By 26th March the daffodils were about to burst into flower. The three giant aliums I bought from the RHS flower show at Tatton Park were pushing their fat, lush leaves through the soil. I harshly pruned my lovely yellow buttercup rose (sorry, I don’t know its name) and thought I might have killed it.

Jean gave me dahlias and lillies. The lillies were put in pots in the garage and the dahlias planted straight outside.

Seed potatoes were chitting in the conservatory – Marfona and Caesar – ready for planting in sacks.

Also bought carrot seeds (Autumn King 2) and Beetroot seeds (Perfect 3) and onion seedlings.

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