Summer has arrived…After a wet winter here is a hot summer - Lovely Roses and now the hydrangeas are blooming plus the Eucryphias lots to see. The Swallows have raised brood number one, we seem overrun by Sparrows of all sizes. We watched 3 fox cubs in the garden, the two little boy ones were playing tag round the acers whilst the little girl cub was doing a really ‘girly’ thing chasing a butterfly through the flower border. Next we had two baby squirrels in the courtyard..One trying to scale the stonework outside our sun room window before going to chase the other one. Finally we are being visited by deer who unfortunately enjoy munching roses, tender shoots on bushes and trees and demolished all my mange tout in a few seconds. Such are the joys of living in the countryside.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 NGS OPENING on Sunday 29th April 2018 , for the BLUEBELL OPENING, raised a wonderful way total of £850 for charity (in two and a half hours!!) Visitors enjoyed looking round the wonderful garden and consuming scrummy tea/coffee and cakes !! We also have several Garden Society tours booked in - looks like a busy year ahead ! NEXT garden opening is Sunday 29th July 2018 2 - 5 p.m. when our National Collection of Eucryphias should be in full glory.