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The following sentences and photographs are extracts from an ongoing monthly diary of activities in the garden at Little Sparta. They record seasonal changes, regular maintenance work, necessary renovations or renewals and occasional unexpected happenings. There is a preoccupation, as for all gardeners, with the weather – its very unpredictability and the changes it effects.
George Gilliland Head gardener
“The weather has shifted from unseasonably mild at the start of the month to a more familiar cold as first snows and heavy frosts take hold. The days are bright, the sunlight sharp and low.”
“Ever more spring green is apparent – snowdrops continue in abundance, crocuses and daffodils now pushing through – though it will be a while yet before they are fully flowering.”
“The leak in the pond in the Parkland keeps recurring – the water wants to retrace its original course, but the problem area is now clearly identified and another application of magic mud should seal up the gaps.”
“There is colour now from hazel catkins, the daffodils are in abundance, flowering current and pussy willow, cherry and plum – everywhere the buds are filling out and ready to burst into new green leaf.”