With our snowdrops officially over, we are now watching the arrival of our spring flowers which are bringing splashes of colour throughour the Garden. Starting with the newly-replanted pots outside the Cafe, the daffodils are cheerfully greeting the warmer weather, alongside the hellebores and cyclamen.
Last week our team of staff and volunteers were busy grafting apple trees, using rootstock provided by our expert friends at Day's Cottage. We now have 90 new trees ready and waiting for the sap to rise. Some of these will available to buy from our plant sales later in the year, once we've grown them on, and feature wonderfully-named local delights such as Ashmead's Kernel and Hen's Turd.
We're also waving goodbye (for a while) to the historic gates which lead from the Eagle House to the former entrance to Painswick House. In a poor state of repair, the gates have been dried out over the last few months under cover and stripped of paint. They will be going off to be repaired and reconstructed, and then repainted. Our skilled local woodworker will be collecting them this week and we are expecting them back before the summer.
With Race Week taking place in Cheltenham, we are anticipating being a place of glorious refuge from the busyness and partying. If you need to escape and refuel, then come to us. Our Cafe team are serving our winter menu, featuring warmers for chilly mornings. We can guarantee a delicious homemade soup every day of the week, plus freshly-ground coffee and our legendary homemade cakes.