Book review: Lessons From Great Gardeners by Matthew Biggs

Madame Ganna Walska was a Polish beauty of enormous charisma, charm and energy.  Her initial career was in opera, but her particular talents lay in two quite different directions: firstly, in making prudent marriages (she married a succession of men of huge wealth); secondly, in exotic, exuberant, and extravagant gardening. After divorcing for the sixth…

Snowdrops in inkpots (and warm woollen mittens)

It is a little known (alternative) fact that Maria von Trapp was a keen galanthophile and collector of small vintage objects, and that the unabridged version of 'My Favourite Things' included a line about Snowdrops in Inkpots. I bet you'll be singing that in your head all day long now. The snowdrops are on the…