As the year draws to a close, most gardeners are taking a well earned rest. But in the Lewis Cottage garden life is busier than ever. From gathering leaves and moving pots to planting hedges and ordering seeds, there are no end of jobs to be done in December, says Richard Orton.
It’s the height of summer and the garden is running away with itself; armfuls of veg to be picked, hedges needing to be trimmed and lawns to be mowed. In his magnificent garden at Lewis Cottage, Richard Orton admits that he sometimes feels overwhelmed by it all. But the sheer bountifulness of it all easily pushes those feelings aside and allows him a little time to appreciate the little triumphs and successes of the year so far.
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.