At last the sun is shining, the House Martins are back from their travels and are sweeping around the house and barn. We bought three half whiskey barrels this week and I ordered the plants after seeing a lovely idea in Gardens Illustrated. Jacky Mills created a pretty frothy concoction that I am copying and some of the plants have already arrived - I found a company I hadn't used before, 'Cotswold Garden Flowers', and my word they are quick to deliver. I bought Actaea Simplex Brunette from them. Husband Alistair has drilled some drainage holes in the barrels and painted the metal bands black, and we placed crocks in the bottom for drainage. So far I have managed one wheelbarrow of compost from our garden but I have now decided to delegate this to Alistair as I have realised how heavy it is, and I have a bad hand at present. This means that I can move onto the lawn edging and some weeding among the bed of alliums I planted last year - I will post a pic of these as soon as they flower. Right, back on with the wellies and into the sun!