Following the example of gardening expert can inspire you to greater things
Summer came in a van, like loo roll from Ocado. A Fern Verrow delivery of sweet pea seedlings and 19 tiny tomato plants (I had asked only for six but Jane Scotter is a serious farmer – she thinks in terms of fields). Also in the van, two fat bundles of hazel sticks for our peas, sweet peas and climbing beans.
Jane is my gardening guru. Every time I think I am good at growing – and yes it has happened: the gorgeous ‘Painted Mountain’ corn, the 2m-tall burgundy amaranth, last year’s clouds of scarlet ‘Ildkongen’ tagetes – I see or eat something she has grown and I feel like the novice I am.