Gardening and The Time Paradox

It's a little while since I wrote a garden book review. Followers of my Instagram account may know that I am reading Beth Chatto's Garden Notebook month by month, and I won't be ready to review this until I finish the year's journey with her in December. I also have another gardening book on the…

Cambo Estate, Fife: a Festival of Snowdrops

I am of the opinion that a strongly held viewpoint should be put regularly to the test. A few weeks ago I boldly stated on Instagram that I would never spend two (and definitely not three) figures on a single Galanthus bulb. Committed galanthophile though I am, I remain perfectly content with the charms of…

Galanthophilia (and other charms of spring) at Shepherd House, Inveresk

Are you a galanthophile? For me, a relatively new gardener, things could go either way: there's still for me to develop the urge to collect rare, expensive snowdrop bulbs; or else galanthophilia may never take hold and I will be content to enjoy plain old G. nivalis dotting its pretty, native head around my borders…

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…