Early Spring !…What a start to Spring - Like the rest of the UK we were blasted by Storm Emma and the ‘Beast from the East’ ! The garden looked very picturesque with 10 inches of snow covering it, Woody would not step outside any door and camped by the radiators. Meanwhile the silver of the Birch trunks, showed up beautifully against the white background. We saw a fox foraging across the top garden and loads of animal footprints in the snow -fantastic. Luckily now many of our wonderful trees were damaged by the snow but we did also have freezing rain which gave a lot of shrubs an ice glaze coating and this has affected some blooms on the camellias.The promise of spring is here, snowdrops are nearly finished but masses of daffodils out and the bluebells are well through and the fist of the Magnolias (M..kobus) is about to ‘pop’ it’s buds open That is the benefit of South Devon’s mild climate.Woody, the feline incumbent has grown from a poor abandoned teenage kitten to the most magnificent confident and friendly cat. He's massive,. at over 7kgs he is the new 'Beast of Dartmoor' !Woody loves to meet guests and is definitely a 'gardening' cat, following Alan everywhere and 'helping' (if you can call it that) with gardening duties.Our next NGS OPENING is on Sunday 29th April 2018 from 2 - 5 pm, for the BLUEBELL OPENING, It is a wonderful way to raise money for charity so please visit and enjoy the wonderful garden and scrummy tea/coffee and cakes !! We also have several Garden Society tours booked in - looks like a busy year ahead !