harmonious performance

We love March for its harmonious performance

“Marchons, marchons! Qu’un sang impur, Abreuve nos sillons!” For some reason, March makes me think of La Marseillaise (the French national anthem). I assume it’s the “Marchons!” bit, which sounds like a decisive way to greet the incoming spring.

sparkling winter gems

We love January for sparkling winter gems

This is the beginning. We wake up (some of us possibly feeling a little delicate after the excitement of New Year’s Eve) to a new morning and a brand-new year. It sparkles with opportunity and promise: What will we grow?

The English Garden RHS Wisley

Second Spring

Don’t think of autumn as the beginning of the end; take a leaf out of Albert Camus’ book and see it as a fresh start. And there’s no better place to do that than at RHS Wisley

country life article the Pant

A nomad’s creation

The Pant, Fforest Coal Pit, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire – Hidden in the Welsh valleys is a rare treasure, a garden of myriad sources that leaves others in the shade.

gardeners world October 2019

We love October for celebrating fading glamour

October seems to be a month for far-flung festivals: Oktoberfest in Germany (lots of beer and sausages), the Concurs de Castells in Tarragona, Spain (where people compete to form nine-storey human pyramids), a matchmaking shindig for eager singles in Lisdoonvarna, Ireland, and almost all of India celebrates Diwali (the festival of light).

gardeners world september 2019

We love September for dahlias’ full-bosomed blooms

Everybody loves September, except possibly schoolchildren as this signals the end of a long, lazy summer and they must go (to borrow a bit of Shakespeare), “creeping like a snail unwillingly to school”. But, on the educated assumption that most of the estimable readers of this magazine are above school-leaving age, then I reckon this is one of the best months of the year.

gardeners world august 2019

We love August for tropical holidays at home

There are seats free on all the trains, the roads are little less busy and shopping seems a tad more relaxed. What is going on? I will tell you: it is August, and many people are enjoying far-off beaches and the myriad pleasures offered by the departures lounge at Luton airport.

We love July for bold borders and swelling veg

Are any of you surfers? I have always been rather captivated by the idea of swooping and turning atop a crashing wave. Duck diving, barrel riding, wipeouts and doggy doors. However, I only ever get as far as standing up for a short, though glorious, moment before coming a cropper.

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