All gardeners strive to create a little bit of heaven on their own patch of earth. The year starts well. You clean away the debris of the previous year and look forward to the spring bulbs. They arrive in a burst of colour. So far so good.

But as the last tulips fade away, there’s a bit of a lull until the summer flowers begin to appear. You should be weeding furiously at this stage but often the weather isn’t nice, or the odd time it’s too nice and you abandon the garden for the beach.