The garden is begining to reward us from all the hard work that has been put in since the autumn.  The bed in front of the picnic table had become over run with marjoram, mint and crocosmia  so drastic measures were needed.  

We stripped out the whole bed and added about 2 tons of top soil.  New shrubs were added but those persky rabbits eat them so we tried againwith rabbit cages around. It does look a bit odd with the plants caged but they will be big enough soon to survive the odd nibble.  We have interplanted with perenials and jsu popping in some annuals to give a burt of colour for this year before the main stars of the show get establshed.  The bank by the long steps has been a 3 year project and now is looking rather splendid.  It is also providing some cut flowers so we can put fresh flowers in the cottage for our guests.

The pond was emptied, relined and replanted at Easter.  The fish had tripled in size since the revamp and the wildlife is slowly returning.  It is a lovely spot to sit in the evening.

At the end of the garden we have added 5 Cornus which will give some blossom in spring, foliage in summer and bright red stems in the winter.  I also planted a willow fedge near the pond in the autumn, which is now showing some beautiful bright green leaves.  I have rather got the bug and have another one planned for this autumn.  I think then that will be the last of the projects and it will then just be a case of maintaining it all.