This spring I think we are truly appreciating the Spring blossoms in the Northeast. Snowdrops came early, crocuses are now in their bloom and the daffodils are beginning to bloom in the sunnier sites. I love gardens and all things about playing in the dirt. On our trips we manage time for us to meander in a garden or two. Of course, our annual English Garden Tour gardens are indeed the highlight together with, castles, history, architecture and sticky toffee puddings. The English certainly know how to do puddings. I have fond memories of one of the private gardens we visited in Kent. The Lady of the House was in London at Buckingham Palace for a tea party with the Queen. She graciously arranged for her head gardener to give us his time and knowledge as we toured this notable private estate. Upon arrival the tea was set for us with cookies and time for learning about the history of the property with the friendly staff. Afternoons like this one differentiate our little company from others and we like it that way. Our groups are intentionally small so we can tour not only the notable public gardens but private estates as well.