Spring is the season that most of us really look forward to. Even in a mild winter everyone eventually just has had enough of grey days and dull gardens – we want to see blue skies, green trees and colour in the countryside.
This Spring of course, it is all very different. With the country in lockdown and so many people self-isolating or working hard to look after us, it’s all too easy not to feel the happiness that the change in the season usually brigs.
However, Nature won’t be stopped and we are grateful for the sunshine we’ve had, and the colours around us at the moment.
In the Escot garden we’ve thoroughly enjoyed the camellias, especially the wall of colour behind the swing seat – a favourite place for wedding photos. The rhododendrons have also sprung into life and the magnolias are starting to look their usual gorgeous selves.
Although we can’t have guests or delegates at the moment, we’re still making sure that the containers are colourful. The deep mauve hyacinths have been a hit, especially with their heady scent. They’ll be back next year.
Bright yellow daffodils and sharp blue grape hyacinths are a lovely combination; we have a wonderful display on the terrace – it would be even better if there were wedding guests too, with a glass of fizz to enjoy. But there’s always next Spring.
Across the Estate the trees are beginning to burst into life, giving pleasure and hope to the walkers who are taking their daily exercise, socially distanced, of course. If you can, take a moment to appreciate the fact that the roads are quieter, the skies are clearer and the birdsong is as cheerful as it has ever been.
However, these are tough times for so many people and we want to add our voice in thanking those who are putting themselves on the frontline for us.