So, after a week at the NEC Birmingham for a huge trade show, the first thing to check on getting home is the state of the garden. Despite the wild weather, we have spring flowers showing – snowdrops, crocuses, a few daffs, witch hazel, winter honeysuckle, hellebores – all good for the bees when they come out. The next couple of months are a weird time of waiting to find out if colonies have survived the winter. There’s nothing that can be done, just wait and see if there are bees inside when you lift the roof, or a horrible silence. Fingers crossed.