House of Dun snowdrop afternoon

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THIS might not be the end of the cold weather spell, but the longer days and a bit of sunshine do wonders to lift the spirits, as does the sight of clumps of hardy little snowdrops pushing through the ground.

Vast carpets of white nodding flowers can often be seen in old deciduous woodland and one of the best places to see them locally is at the House of Dun.

As an added incentive to get out and enjoy the returning spring, the Angus Members’ Centre of the National Trust for Scotland is having its annual Snowdrop Afternoon on Sunday (March 6) at House of Dun, where tea and freshly baked scones will be available in the Saloon from 2 to 4pm.

There will also be plants for sale - a few miniature daffodils, small purple and yellow irises, primroses and primulas.

A few shrubs which are rather large to pot up will be available bare-rooted along with fruit bushes - summer and autumn rasps and strawberries may be available, small blackcurrant and redcurrant, and a few of the goji berry.