Well miracles really do happen, we've seen the back of another January and this one without the awful weather that the press have been bleating on about, but more exciting than that, they've fixed the heating in our classroom! I think they finally took the hint when we were all sat in our coats last week, anyway the engineer was called and he expected to be there for five minutes but ended up taking all day to correct it, the only problem now is that the ventilation is rather noisy, but we feel it would be churlish to mention it at this point! It's a lot easier to stay focused when you are warm and as the day's lesson on taking cuttings was something we were all fairly familiar with the morning flew by. Back to the dreaded lawns in the afternoon and even that was more interesting as we focused on pests and diseases and wildflower meadows, much more my bag. So I'm feeling a happier bunny in general this week, February admittedly is not a very inspiring month but at least it's short and the days are lengthening more and more, the earth is awakening again!
Pics-Rain spattered euphorbias and fantastic new willow sculpture at Harlow Carr.
"Every gardener knows that under the cloak of winter lies a miracle.....a seed waiting to sprout, a bulb opening to the light, a bud straining to unfurl. And the anticipation nurtures our dream". Barbara Winkler
This blog came into being when I decided life was too short to continue working in the local supermarket and should pursue a change of career in something I really enjoyed. To that end it was suggested I should keep a diary and so Privet and Confidential was born. I have recently passed a short open university course called plants and people and the RHS grade two theory examination, and am returning to Harlow Carr gardens to continue my studies, this time taking the practical RHS course. I am also very lucky to work at the glorious gardens of Norton Conyers,I go two days a week so look out for the posts referring to NC.