Around about this time every year my mind begins to move away from this season to the exciting prospect of what the garden will look like next year. I forget about the storms, the draught, the slugs and the successes and failures of this year. It is time to move on. Time to start thinking about spring bulbs.

One of the highlights of the Ploughing Championships for me was stocking up on favourite daffodils and tulips and picking up something fresh and new for my pots and borders. And my first port of call was usually Beechhill Bulbs, a family business, run by Damian McHugh that is based on a family farm just outside Tullamore Co Offaly.