It is a long time since i sat here.
Illness has taken a great deal of my energy.
However, back on course now.
The tulips have come out. So has the Epimedium.
Grape hyacinths come in blue and white.
I wonder if there will be a rush of colour as plants catch up.
Temperatures are starting to rise.
Buds are on the apple tree.
We feel happy .
Especially when we can get outdoors again.
I have chosen a colour paint indoors to match that of the honesty!!
Plants can be a great starting point for other activities.
So let your imagination run riot!
An injury has forced me to stay indoors this week.
However, it has given me an opportunity to plan outings.
This year I hope to stay near at home to extend my gardening knowledge.
NTU has a special unit to help people with learning difficulties.
The Flower Pod has invited Christine Walkden to give a talk in March.
I now have an interest in Vegetable Gardening.
Charles Dowding is giving a talk in April on “No dig veg”.
I have researched three more gardens to visit.
Elli car Gardens near Doncaster has beautiful borders and a Natural Pool for swimming.
Welford Park near Newbury and Brodsworth Hall near Sheffield
are worth a visit.
There is no need to feel down when the weather is cild.
Use the time to make plans.
The collapse of Carillon is much in the news.
Perennial has offered to help anybody in the horticulture and landscaping industry that needs help.
A good friend indeed.
I made a good contact this week.
As I sat having a cup of tea in a favourite tea shop I talked to two people who had a small holding in Derbyshire.
We exchanged info on gardens to visit.
They told me about Rhubarb farm in Derbyshire . This is a community Project
It does local veg boxes, educational visits and much more.
I have been contacted about the Belvoir Flower show in July.
Tickets are now on sale.
As i have often said , we need others to help us on our way.
Gardeners make good friends for this purpose.
It is worth catching the 6.30 am train from Newark to go to Kent .
This week the workshop was home to 400 people. The largest ever .
The title was Podium DeckingPlanting.
The most imaginative example of this is the Bosco Verticale in Milan.
Tower blocks can now be livened up with super planting.
I saw the Barbican planting scheme with Nigel Dunnet a couple of years back.
He is such an enthusiastic gardener/professor.
Dan Pearson made us quite sad with his images of the Garden Bridge that is now consigned to history.
Beside the talks ,it is super to meet old friend and have a great day.
My enthusiasm will keep me going for the next few months!
Book by visiting www.annesmithdesigns.co.ukrhs.org.uk/shows
I cannot express my satisfaction with events this week.
At my Pilates class was more about the bulbs coming up — than fitness.
I am getting excited at meeting old friends at Palmstead workshop next wednesday.
I have started a new gardening journal,complete with pictures.
Lastly, yesterday I went past a care garden that I was involved with last year.
The clients became very difficult when I explained that such gardens would be subject to
Local Authority control as regards Health and Safety standards.
They did not agree to this and I had to withdraw.
It seems as if the garden was never built.
At least the clients have not been subjected to risks.
We are trained in what we do and it is better to listen to what we have to say.
This saves time and energy.
Carry on thinking of what you will do with gardening this year.
There is plenty to get excited about.
I have looked up the gardens I want to visit this year.
Top of the list is East Rush ton garden, Norfolk.
Perhaps to visit the snowdrop event.
I also want to go to Monks Wood, Sussex.
Nearby is Haddon Hall, Derbyshire.
for Flower Shows I am hoping to go to go to Belvoir in July.
In a couple of weeks Palmstead will be holding their annual workshop.
The bulbs I planted indoors are at their best now.
Outside tips of the daffodils and tulips have made an appearance.
Hellebores are coming up.
There is a lot to cheer us up.
We just need to be willing to look for things .
During the relatively quite period between Christmas and New year I have given some thought to the year ahead.
Here are my ideas:
1)Develop art techniques.
The cold weather gave me a chance to due some pastile work with plant pictures.
2) Plan garden Visits– Norfolk comes high on the list.
So does the new Flower Show at Belvoir in July.
3) Palmstead starts a new regime with their workshop in January.
The topic is Vertical Planting / podium decking.
4) Anne Smith Designs will be 13 years old in 2018.
5) Indoor bulbs listen up my house. I am so glad that I managed to do this amidst the many other activities.
If you are planning 2018 and gardening I hope that I have given you some ideas.