This week sees the first cut of the year for the maze. Planted almost 20 years ago to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the famous Thomas Robins painting of the Garden, the maze is formed from privet of two different colours and was designed by local resident (and Painswick resident) Angela Newing. It's a energetic and time-consuming process, cutting and then tidying up afterwards, so the Garden team always breathe a big sigh of relief when it's done, and looking crisp.
After last week's deluges, the Garden is continuing to flourish - green wherever you look. Alongside the common orchids in our wildflower bank, there are the first pyramid orchids. And in the Exedra Garden, the first hints of the heritage roses blooming, and the lavender about to burst into colour.
This week we've had Izi with us for work experience. Our volunteers are of all ages and levels of experience - and Izi has fitted in very nicely. We've enjoyed integrating Izi into our friendly team. She will have a taste of every area of the organisation by the time she completes her time with us on Friday.
And as a midweek treat, we welcomed a delivery of fresh plants from our expert nurseryman. Some of the finest are already out for sale.