All gardeners get excited when spring finally arrives – even if this year it’s feeling more like mid summer where we live! The butterfly, bird and bee activity is a welcome accompaniment to being out in the garden pottering and digging and bodes well for pollination. We’ve spotted several bird nests already and hope the cat doesn’t see them too. Seeing the little shoots emerge from the peas and beans never ceases to amaze and thrill me. Rhubarb is pushing its pale crinkled leaves up towards the sun; gooseberries, raspberries and currants are beginning to show signs of growth and the veg in the cold frame is thriving once again. Fresh daily salads again: great. One of my biggest thrills this year are the first flowers on my fan trained apricot. It was my favourite Christmas present and I’ve been watching it almost hourly for the past few glorious days and then yesterday, there it was: the most perfect little blossom. I do hope the bees find it and do their work. Can’t wait to taste it!