Dahlia amazia: why and how to grow dahlias

Dahlias yo-yo in and out of fashion.  Right now the spool is taut and this genus of perennials are spinning high.  Funny to reflect then that the first plants arriving from Mexico 200 years were introduced  as  food  – an alternative to the potato.  James Wong, ethno-botanist and TV presenter,  praises them for a flavour…

Peacocks on my walls

I would, for choice, have peacocks on my walls – as they do at Rousham Park, Oxfordshire.