The Highlands of Scotland: Glen Strathfarrar

Glen Strathfarrar is in the Highlands of Scotland, 20 miles west of Inverness.  The road into the glen is private – with a heavily padlocked gate.  To take a vehicle in, visitors need a permit from the gatekeeper’shouse.

A review of the gardens at Houghton Hall, Norfolk

Five years ago this garden  near the Wash won the Christies and Historic Houses Garden of the Year’s prize.  I’d never heard of the award  but it sounded promising and so, on a day off, to Houghton. What to do with your walled Garden when it is beyond strolling distance?  The dilemma  increases with the…

A bee magnet

This morning Phacelia tanacetifolia was furry blue blur in my garden.  Pulling  in the bees and the hover flies too.  Originally from Mexico, it is frequently planted round the headlands  of fields by organic farmers to attract pollinating insects.