Spring has finally arrived.

If I say: “I miss the sunshine. I really do!” nobody will blame me for being a bit of a moaner. We all share the same mood I suspect. It has been a long time without its comforting light and warmth. Even the nature could do with a little bit more of it. There is good news. Sun is there somewhere and better days are on the horizon.

Although I still wear my thermals and raincoat most days the grass is growing in front of our eyes and the mowing season has officially started. It is the smell of cut grass, bird songs, fresh green on shrubs and trees, that brings me comfort during those cloudy days. More colour represented by more things in flower is just adding to the positive picture I am painting here. Perhaps you have noticed a mimosa tree (Acacia dealbata) with its magnificent yellow flowers all over which we can enjoy at Ridgmount Gardens. Or have you spotted the eye-catching orange flowers of the Crown Imperial Fritilliary (Fritillaria imperialis) at the eastern end of Bedford square? I invite you to go and see them because they are quite spectacular.

We promised new plants coming to the Ridgmount Gardens and here they are. We are still in process of planting but most of them are already in. Rudbeckias that have been grown from seeds are happily growing in the polytunnel and will be planted out later. For those interested in horticulture I am adding a list of the plants being introduced into the garden:

Angelica sylvatica 'Gigas'

Calamagrostis 'Karl Foerster’

Clematis 'Apple Blossom'

Clematis jacmanii

Heuchera 'Beauty Colour'

Paeonea suffruiticosa

Rosa 'Rambling Rector'

Sedum 'Indian Chief'

Verbena bonariensis

Rudbeckia 'Marmalade'


It is going to be exciting to watch how the new occupants of Ridgmount gardens fit into this already special part of our gardens and squares.