I’ve already planned the garden. I know what to do and where I want it to go. My favourite roses, Abraham Darby and Gertrude Jekyll will naturally find their place, together with the cat mint, lambs ear, nasturtiums, poppies, corn flowers and lupines. I’m going completely Monet. As this is my first garden in the UK, I’m going to embrace the English Cottage Garden style completely, until it engulfs me and swallows me whole. I’m thinking out loud of a clematis by the front door, and pots and pots of pelargonium.
Here are some of the images that haunt me: