Oh dear, it pains me to tell Rachel and Derek that they were totally correct - but they were. This morning, my fence being completely finished (if the weather is suitable I will photograph it for you tomorrow) I began the tulip bulb planting. I divided the border into five sections and then scattered bulbs on the first section and planted them. I went in to make a coffee and found that my back was aching. I dare not do any more.
This afternoon my son came round with his wife and planted the rest in under half an hour, raked the ground over and then put the forget me nots along the front of the border - it may well be too late for these but worth a try as they were so cheap at the end of the season and they are very sturdy plants.
So now all is done and at a very reasonable cost in my opinion. There is something very satisfying about fulfilling one's plans isn't there? I am now going to relax and watch a programme on the friendship between Vaughan Williams and Gustav Holst. When I think back to my childhood and the radio (which as a family we listened to avidly
(this is Henry Hall and tonight is my guest night - remember that?)) aren't we lucky to have such a huge selection?