This month Richard Orton shares some advice for growing tulips successfully in our heavy Devon soil, his thoughts on whether or not to tidy your garden in winter and his delight at a spectacular display by his Ginkgo biloba tree. He also suggests a few final gardening jobs before the year comes to an end.
Our gardens can provide solace at times of loss or crisis, including for King Charles who sought refuge in his garden at Highgrove during the gruelling events of recent weeks. Here, Richard Orton reflects on a visit to Highgrove and how this influenced the development of his own garden at Lewis Cottage. He also reports on what to enjoy and do in the autumn garden, as well as gardens to visit locally.
Richard and his two friends Michael and Penny Pell have opened their garden at Lewis Cottage for the National Garden Scheme over the past ten years and run a small online plant nursery there. Moving to Devon in 1992 from Hampshire, Richard divides his time between London and Devon and contributes a monthly gardening column to the Moorlander newspaper.