I am very glad that a lot of the winter digging is behind me because the soil is far too wet to get on with all this rain. Of course there is still a lot to do this time of the year. I was very happy to work on the espalier pears today that we are going to use in the high garden as the trees up there die with old age and competition. I had to re-tie some of the branches, it is a very useful thing with the winter wind we have had, it is also now that you can have a good look at the shape without leaves on. They do seem to be in good shape.