Two Lavenders

Most of the plants in my grandmother's Derbyshire garden seemed exhausted and almost visibly panting in the relentless sunshine and heat that has been blazing down these past weeks. But two plants were noticeably enjoying themselves in this most un-English climate: English lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), and its unrelated Mediterranean friend, cotton lavender (Santolina chamaecyparissus). Covered…

International Relations

Accompanying today's Monday vase is an assortment of objects from across the world, lining up in peace and harmony to show Boris just how international relationships should be done. Alongside the homely arrangement of buddleia, sweetpeas, foxglove and lavender upon the continental shelf above our fireplace, we have a Chinese hot water bottle, a Swedish…