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Courses to feel warm about

I've just snared our final keynote speaker for the courses we're running next year, which means we can put out our corporate update for December. Sigh of relief. The courses - on meadows, orchards, hedges, and ponds - should be fab and, frankly, I'll probably learn as much as the participants. It has not been difficult finding hugely knowledgeable speakers for them, but to be honest it has been tricky to dig out hugely knowledgeable speakers who will enthuse people - which, I hasten to say, I have managed to do. It has been a good reminder of one of the rules I set myself; don't be desperately worthy and desperately... dull - which gives me the chance to quote some Pope: More she had spoke, but yawn'd - All Nature nods: What Mortal can resist the Yawn of Gods? No disrespect to you Pete, but I don't suppose for a couple of beakers of infuriator someone like Clarkson might agree to be a guest speaker at one of our hedgelaying days as Alexander isn't available? I wonder what the insurers would say.