As the clocks go forward at Midnight 26th March the gardeners among us give a little cheer. It's always a shock to lose that precious hour but it does mean the evenings really do start to become lighter and happy gardeners can stay outside just that bit longer. After such a soggy old winter it has been frustrating waiting for the soil to be ready for a spade let alone the grass being ready to be walked on.
If you need a little gardening inspiration you need look no further than Sarah Raven's fabulous website, it’s brimming with seeds and bulbs and plug plants to make your garden really special this year. Sarah's colours and plant combinations are breath-taking, you will be itching to get outside to try some of her ideas. With a section on what to do in the garden each month and the odd recipe and video too it is a wealth of information not to be missed. A date for your diary would be Saturday 2nd April when her garden at Perch Hill (only 8 miles from Darcey in Heathfield), will be open to the public. The tulip display will have begun and I am sure all the beds will be ready for the growing season ahead.
Any mention of tulips always reminds me to check the date of The Tulip Festival at Pashley Manor, this year it runs from Saturday 22nd April to Saturday 7th May. It's such a treat to walk around the beautiful grounds, working your way through all the different colour displays plus an amble through the woodland area before maybe lunch on the terrace.
Just a thought.. If you have relegated an old favourite pair of jeans to your gardening wardrobe and feel a new pair would be just the ticket, look no further than www.darcey.co.uk where we have Gardeur and In Town jeans to choose from. We have our best selection to date including these lighter blue In Town Laura jeans which are looking ideal for your spring wardrobe. If you feel you need a bit of advice please pop into your local Darcey boutique and we will show you our latest range which will also include the fabulous figure correcting NYDJ jeans. Choose from straight, skinny and boot cut, we will guide you through the options so you are confident you have bought the right pair of jeans for you.
A final word about a very special Darcey lady who after 30 years working at the Heathfield boutique has decided to retire. I am sure many regular customers will know Barbara, some of you may even have worked alongside her. She has seen quite a few changes over the years and has seen fashions come and go, but Barbara has made the challenge of Heathfield's fashion needs her main career. Barbara’s energy and enthusiasm is an example to us all and we will miss her very much.
Barbara is hoping to spend more time volunteering for her favourite charity Raystede where she is a familiar face working in their shop and walking the dogs.
The welfare of animals is dear to Barbara's heart and the work that Raystede do to give animals a better life is impressive. They run a wealth of events throughout the year all with the aim of raising funds for their rehoming operations. Keep in touch with all their latest news at www.raystede.org
Spring forward & keep in time with Darcey, enjoy the Spring weather and happy gardening or even a trip to Raystede.