19th March 2014

Much better news!

This is my grandson Etienne.

Here with proud dad and slightly perplexed brother.

How lovely to have a new baby in the family during this spring weather. New life all around. The garden is blooming and sprouting, and it’s a pleasure to be outside. My Narcissus ‘Thalia’ – pale cream and delicate are up, as our lots of daffs, blue anemonies, celendines and primroses. Spent yesterday at Great Comp gardens near Sevenoaks  and gloried in their spring garden, packed with flowering shrubs underplanted with hellebores, pulmonaria, ferns and almost a hundred magnolias – the subject of my next article in the Telegraph.

Thank you all for your kind letters responding to the sad demise of the hens, I was deeply touched to hear from so many readers, many had experienced the same awful loss. I will probably try again, but not just yet. New book just gone to press. Fingers crossed.