As we reach March, despite the cold wind, the signs of spring are now quite apparent. The days are slowly getting longer, the birds are singing beautifully. Every morning and every evening I am accompanied, as a walk around the farm, by the most beautiful song thrush whom I am pleased to say has a follower or friend near by. Their song is so breath taking it makes me stop, listen and marvel .
Everyday I can see the signs of spring. The seeds of nasturtiums that I sowed back in November are really beginning to grow away and flourish, they should be ready in time to adorn our retail stand at the RHS Chelsea which, as it is again situated on the main avenue, has to look spectacular. The French Tarragon that I bought into the glasshouse to bring on so that I could start cuttings early is ready.
In our unheated tunnels many herbs are growing well. This Spanish mint has not been put off by the cold, grey weather and it is ready for picking to make a refreshing cup of tea or a mint sauce to accompany a lovely English or Welsh lamb chop. This mint is part of our mint collection and will be able to be seen in the Herboretum at our Herb Fridays, when you will also be able to buy herb plants.
The true signs that spring is on the way is in the garden, many herbs are just begging to emerge, chives, mint and this buckler leaf sorrel which can even be gently picked to add a zing to a winter salad, or pep up a green sauce.