So far, March has been quite busy with family celebrations and, because the weather is now much more spring like, I have been getting on with some gardening. Today my brother and I planted a native hedge. I wanted to keep the species native as they are much better at attracting birds and insects. Apparently, you can tell how ancient an English hedge is by counting the number of species growing in it. If you count 100 years for every species you find and then you will know roughly how old the hedge is. We planted hawthorn, holly and berberis.
The hawthorn looks like a load of dead twigs at the moment but later in the spring it should have some very pretty blossom on it like the photo below.
It was the 75th Birthday of my sister-in-law's father on Saturday so we had a little party. First of all we had a very nice meal at the Mytton and Mermaid, a restaurant just outside Shrewsbury and then went back to my sister-in-laws place for cake.
My dinner. Lobster and crab linquini with asparagus went down very well!
Ian about to blow out the candles with the help of Katherine and Rufus. Happy Birthday Ian.
Rufus had a lot of fun with the balloons which we’d brought back from the restaurant.
Last weekend at my place, we had a Mother’s Day tea. I made a lemon cake and covered it in chocolate eggs!
My easter/mother's day cake!
The table set for tea.
I am pleased to see that there are a few more things coming out in the garden now that the weather is getting milder.