2012 was a poor year for gardens generally, and Stokesay was not alone in having to cope first with a major drought, and then by mid-summer  with major floods.  This picture shows shows the stream leading to the bridge crossing the front drive last July. IMG_0996

It kept raining all through the winter and the ground became increasingly waterlogged.   Fortunately the house is built on a hill, but by mid January it had become apparent that  we would have to cancel February's annual snowdrop walk because there was no hope of the ground drying out in time.

We decided to open on Mothering Sunday instead, trusting that there would be a dry spell.  There has been.  We have also put wood chippings and some gravel over some of the worst affected woodland paths to revive them.

The cold weather has left the snowdrops still in full bloom, but the daffodils, which would normally be flowering by March 10th, are only just beginning to show their buds, helped along by last week's warmer days.  There will be snowdrops after all on Sunday!

The stream and the waterfall are running well as a result of the extra water.  A large number of duck and other waterbirds can be seen on the pools.

We are hoping for fine weather on Sunday so that everything will sparkle.

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These duck were spotted enjoying the Spring Sunshine on the terrace yesterday.

Last but not least, I am very pleased to say that visitors booking onto Stokesay Court tours will for the first time have an opportunity  to visit the Walled Garden.    Victoria and Barney will be pleased to welcome you into their tranquil and peaceful world, which is a real delight for all the senses.  After exploring their hard work, what could be nicer than to go home with some of their beautiful produce as a reminder of the day.


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