This sunny weather is welcome – giving the plants that extra boost as we come into the last couple of weeks before they arrive on site. Now I really am just waiting to start. Journalists are working on their previews of the show and meeting them gives me the chance to visit some fabulous gardens: I was at Pashley Manor yesterday, which is gearing up for its annual tulip festival. I urge you to visit if you possibly can: the gardens are stunning, with beautiful places to retreat to around every corner. I had also had a chance to check on the bulb planting at The Bell – it’s looking exactly as I’d wanted.