Catalogue of desire

Catalogue time is here again.  All through the summer they have been thumping through the letter box.  A dusty pile has grown in the corner.  In and out of a pink basket and to Edinburgh and the seaside and back.  Unread but then August is like that:  a month of neglect.  It is either too…

All going horribly wrong in the vegetable patch

For starters, a rat or mouse has been chomping on my oh so wierd squash zuccheta Serpente di Sicilia.  It in turn is strangling the nearby runner beans. Trailing  amain, it thirstily treats every watering can’s worth as an excuse to put on another 40 cms in  tentacle growth.  Over all,  sunflowers like blocks of…

Hampton Court palace flower show 2010: some impressions

It could be considered the second best.  Chelsea Flower Show is  Cinderella’s slipper.  Everyone wants to try it on.  Hampton Court seems to have lurked in the shadow of the sister’s rhinestone bedecked footwear.  A plea must be made to let Hampton topple the haughty dominance of its slender sibling. Hampton has space, skies, vast…