Book review: ‘The Sceptical Gardener’ by Ken Thompson

My sister, bless her dear soul, is a Telegraph reader (those italics are for editorial correctness, not incredulity); moreover, she reads the analogue version, one section of the Saturday edition every weekday morning over her tea and toast, and when she's done with the Gardening section she gives it to me. When it's my turn,…

“Time Rolls His Ceaseless Course”: Abbotsford House and Gardens

If you are a fan of historical and romantic novels, you may be familiar with the works of Sir Walter Scott (1771-1832), one of Scotland's most famous and prolific authors. His classics, Ivanhoe, Rob Roy, Waverley, and many others, brought him a good deal of fame and fortune, and with his riches he bought a…

Fresh Dahlias on a Painted Shelf

Last year we had Fading Dahlias on an Unpainted Shelf. This year we managed to paint the shelf (miracles happen!) and so here is round two, same vase, same Café-au-Lait dahlias, different whisky bottle. Several people on Instagram have mentioned that this year the Café-au-Laits seem to be tinged with pink. Some people's C-a-Ls looked…