I had the rather surreal experience of opening up The Telegraph this morning (Saturday) and not finding myself there – for the first time ever in 6 (or is it 7?) years. There have been some weeks when I have had a half-sized column, when the Suits decide to ‘shrink’ the Gardening Supplement into the main Weekend section.
But I am contracted to write for 50 weeks of the year, and so far I have managed to stick to it. I was recently in hospital for a few days. Feeling extremely ropey and on a drip and of course without internet connection, it was just impossible to write my column and I was given a week off. Please, please let me be missed.
I have just signed a new agreement to continue my column for yet another year. The great hamster wheel, thus re-oiled, still rolls round and round and round…
I am better now and my column re-appears next week.
2 thoughts on “No show this week”
I would have thought the entire gardening nation missed you. I think you are like everybody’s auntie the way you seem to be able to answer all those awkward gardening quetsions. I am very glad you have a new agreement!
Glad you are feeling better. I’ve only discovered your column recently, and already you’ve helped my southern California garden. Your comments on powdery mildew in the May 2 column were the first time I’ve seen an explanation of its causes. Usually, there’s just advice on treatment.
My tiny garden on a small sun deck is all in containers, and I realize now that I’ve been under-watering my Plumbago capensis in hot weather. Although it is still getting a little bit of mildew three weeks after I added organic matter to the container and become more conscientious about deep watering, the affliction is much milder. (I didn’t have to improve circulation, since the deck is on a slope just a few miles from the Pacific Ocean and gets its share of breezes.) Thank you!