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…

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,…