As I sit down to write this article I’m looking out at the garden and it is beginning to look a sorry state. It really is very hard to garden in this sort of weather.

We need more than an odd shower of rain to keep things growing. The plants most badly affected by the drought have all died. We’ve lost several good shrubs as well as quite a bit of veg in the kitchen garden. We weren’t in a position to water the garden as we depend on the mains water and there was a strict hosepipe ban in force here.