The garden might be shut but it continues to bloom in its wonderful way, blissfully unaware of the global crisis that affects the world so deeply at the moment. Usually we would be welcoming our first visitors this Easter Monday and it feels most unfair that the tulips are putting on such a good show with no-one to come and appreciate them.
This year, gardener Katie has planted a mix of tulips 'Merlot', 'Burgundy', 'Jan Reus', 'Lasting Love' and 'Ronaldo' (which should have been 'Queen of Night', oops!) in Grace's Border which is looking magnficent, particularly in this beautiful sunshine.
Wandering round the garden, you can also spot the graceful white tulip 'Purissima' and some orange flashes of the lily-flowered tulip 'Ballerina' in the Hot Bed.
This year, we planted many more tulips in the cutting garden, which we had intended to use as cut flowers in the Coach Hall tea-room, House and holiday cottage. These include 'Queen of Night', 'Ballerina', 'Purissima', 'Green Spirit', 'Shirley and Negrita', 'Apricot Beauty' and 'Copper Image'. When the cutting garden becomes more plentiful later in the year, we hope to sell some posies of flowers locally.... watch this space.
Meanwhile, we are also loving the blossom of the Amelanchier trees (a favourite of Catriona Fursdon) as well as the great swathes of primroses and daffodils planted across the lawn and various banks around the garden.
We are going to miss our visitors this Easter and will be thinking of you all, hopefully enjoying some quiet time with your families until more normal times resume. For more updates, please do follow us on instagram @fursdondevon where we will be posing regularly in Stories with images from the Fursdon garden and more!