Today will be mainly spent writing. An article for The English Garden, some blogs, including some words on the Little Garden awards, another piece on garden design tips. And this blog. I’m also preparing a talk about Chelsea for the King’s Society in Canterbury this Wednesday, so getting into a tussle with a powerpoint presentation is also part of today’s schedule. So I am very very glad that I got out into the garden again yesterday – it does clear the cobwebs, and being outside seems to help clarify any niggling concerns over plant choices. I sowed hundreds of seeds from Special Plants: fingers crossed for the home-made mix of Persicaria orientalis, Ammi Black Knight, Papaver somnifera, Hesperis matronalis, Linaria purpurea Canon Went, Scabiosa Black Knight, Verbascum phoeniceum Violetta and Verbena hastata Rosea. In theory these will take over from the tulips, which, if they follow the daffodils’ pattern this year, will be a couple of weeks late. I don’t even dare ask whether this is having an effect on the Chelsea plants – I think I need to get out and garden again…….