It’s bulb planting time

If you want gorgeous spring-flowering bulbs, you have a few more weeks to prepare your garden. Four months or so from now, your winter-ravaged garden will be bursting with colour and fragrance from freesias, jonquils, ranunculus, hyacinths, gladioli. Maybe even tulips. In the dappled shade of your deciduous trees you will find grape hyacinths, cyclamen,…

Farewell to an artist gardener

Who showed you the magic of gardens? Did someone encourage you to bury your nose in a rose and deeply inhale its fragrance, to taste droplets of nectar oozing from a spike of Grevillea flowers? To set the purple and red blossoms of a Fuchsia magellanica dancing like tiny ballerinas? To gently brush, with small fingertips, the furry sepals of an Iceland poppy bud about…