In the garden: December

What with low light levels, compressed daylight hours, and frantic Christmas preparations, December is usually my month off in the garden. However, I still always find time to observe and appreciate the garden, take notice of the few plants that have made a special effort to bring prettiness to a scene that is otherwise bleak,…

Inkpots and foraged autumnal finds

I coveted these little inkpots when I saw them on an auction site. They will make perfect bud vases during the months when buds are available, but until then I am going to use them for hedgerow snippets, short sprays of evergreens, berry-laden twigs and sprigs of holly. In a month or two, first snowdrops…

Book Review: ‘Dear Friend and Gardener’ by Beth Chatto and Christopher Lloyd

In the mid-90s, a publisher suggested to the eminent horticulturalists Beth Chatto and Christopher Lloyd that they write a series of letters on 'life and gardening' to be published as a book. 'Dear Friend and Gardener' is the result of that suggestion, a cosy fireside delve into the chatty, gossipy, and wholly fascinating missives that…