Wow, Spring Again!
It never ceases to amaze me, how seasons can be so very different, and what adds to the challenge of being a gardener. This time last year we were facing the challenges of ‘The beast from the east’, with snow blizzards and freezing temperatures, and fast forward a year and we are experiencing some of the most clement February weather we have seen in many years. We have a sea of snowdrops around the estate, and the daffodils are bursting into bloom by the day!
Living on the estate as well, I am fortunate to experience some wonderful sun rises and sunsets, and this year has been rather special in that regard, and it just reaffirms what a very special place Kinross House and its gardens and grounds truly are!
My apologies for not writing this blog sooner, however we have, as always, been exceptionally busy over the winter months - we are of course kept busy all year round with many tasks to do!
We have also been through some team transitions of our own. Joyce, my very lovely wife, who has also been an integral gardens team member, retired from her full-time post due to her MS this winter, and will now come on board as a much valued part-time team member to keep us all in check!, and meaning we ourselves are taking on a new team member whilst we await Graeme, our student, to complete his horticultural studies and return to us full time in 2020.
Shaun, whom has been my right hand for many years now, steps up to the role of Assistant Head Gardener, which is a very well deserved promotion for all of his hard work and dedication and support to me over the full restoration of this wonderful garden. Gavin remains as is, an integral and vital cog in our well-oiled machine that is the estate team. A smashing picture of Shaun and Gavin below - honestly this is them smiling!
The restoration works still continue and will be an ever evolving part of the future plan for the gardens here at Kinross House. Two years ago, Mr Fothergill took the very brave decision to believe in me when I asked to cut back the yew hedges which are now some 120 years of age. As the history of the garden is so incredibly important to our story, I wanted to restore these hedges, to continue with that part of the gardens journey, rather than just rip out and begin again. These cut back works have now been completed, and we hope as they now reform and regrow, they will now be an integral part of the garden for the next 100 years.