Vases in haste (and sweetpeas at last)

Organising a vase of flowers for Monday sometimes happens in a bit of a dash. I picked these last night, photographed them at 6.15am this morning, edited the photos at 9pm, and rattled off these words at 10pm. A few things: My sweetpeas have come out at last. All of a sudden. In profusion. There…

Mint condition: a chance connection leads to new herbs

       Some weeks ago, as I was pulling away at labyrinthine ground elder roots (a satisfying task if ever there was one), Right-But-One Neighbour drifted up holding out a piece of paper and said, 'This lady is giving away some herbs. Do give her a ring, she might let you have some.' In urgent need…