Snowdrops, crocus and... lemons

Sue Cattermole waiting for her lemon to ripen and for the gin to arrive.

Sue Cattermole waiting for her lemon to ripen and for the gin to arrive.

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BRIAN KIDD: Now the lawn’s sorted let’s concentrate on the greenhouse

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The garden’s looking a bit bedraggled, but there are shoots and buds appearing already which is heartening.

My garden is relatively sheltered and seems to have its own micro-climate. We have a small pond (with goldfish Bubble and Squeak) and a compost bin, and aim to keep it organic and bee, butterfly and insect-friendly. This encourages birds – when they’re not scared off by Matty the dog.

It’s a small garden but we have crammed in three apple trees, two pear trees, gooseberry, blueberry and redcurrrant bushes, rhubarb as well

as a lemon tree, grapevine and figs.

I love it when the garden comes alive again, so I am looking forward to enjoying the snowdrops and crocus I planted last autumn. Meanwhile I am hoping the lemons will ripen!

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