The cold, damp and gloomy weather of March and the beginning of April had thankfully disappeared and we enjoyed a dry and fine day for our visit to two wonderful but very different gardens in Enfield. Myddleton House is the former home of E.H. Bowles, the famous gardener, and is a lovely, natural and informal garden. Most of us took a short, guided tour and we were delighted by the masses of spring flowers. The alpine meadow and the rockery carpeted in the dazzling blue of thousands of scilla were beautiful. After two hours and a coffee, we boarded the coach again for a very short journey round the corner to Capel Manor Gardens. Capel Manor is London’s Horticultural College and it was buzzing with students just returned from their Easter break. The large site was full of the most interesting and stunning show gardens and at this time of the year, fabulous displays of spring flowers including many different varieties of daffodils and narcissi and beautiful tulips in dazzling colours. There was so much to see, not only the gardens but also lakes, a maze, an amphitheatre and an animal park with meerkats, alpacas, birds and small animals. Luckily there were plenty of seats, a large restaurant and a well-stocked garden shop to help us revive our flagging energy levels. A fantastic day rounded off with a trouble-free journey to return to Princes Risborough by 5.00pm.