There I was minding my own business pricking out the Brussels sprouts seedlings I should have planted out about three weeks ago, when my husband turns up with a turfcutter in the back of the car. “Special offer!” he calls out of the window. “Fifty quid for the weekend!” And thus began our Great (and [...]
Category Archive for 'Cutting gardens'
As soon as I mention cutting gardens – an area of the garden set aside for growing cut flowers for the house - you start thinking of summer, don’t you? Ladies in floaty hats and diaphanous dresses drifting through waist-high seas of flowers snipping a few here and a few there and laying them lovingly in a beechwood trug, that kind [...]
I didn’t envy the Duke of Devonshire his rambling pile (there was scaffolding up when I visited: and think of the bills!) nor his rolling acres (you have to have staff to have a garden that big). But oh – I did envy him his cutting garden. I’ve seen proper cutting gardens before: there’s one [...]