With the glorious weather this weekend I've realised how my interests and habits have noticeably altered in the past two years. 

Now instead of setting out a chair to relax in the afternoon sun, I'm on my hands and knees weeding the veg plot and the highlight of my Friday evening television is 'Gardeners' World'!

Gardening has been such a tonic and I particularly enjoy finding out what other people have achieved - the plants they've chosen and the designs they've created.

It's lovely to visit gardens in person too and Helmingham Hall just up the road from us in Woodbridge has always been rather magical - I love the idea of the drawbridge being lifted and lowered each day! 

So I was thrilled to talk to Xa Tollemache recently about how she first created the gardens there, and how she is now handing them on to the next generation. You can read my interview with Xa in the June issue of 'Suffolk' magazine. And scroll down to find out more about the beautiful new book Xa has written, her 'love story' about Helmingham.

Thank you for reading.