Garden breaks for the borders.
The garden centre car parks are filling up faster than an unweeded flower bed so it must be time for our annual splurge on prettying up our plots and patios. And if you're in need of inspiration there's plenty to be had because next week is National Gardening Week.
There are all sorts of events taking place around Britain. Check out the website for details of private gardens being opened to the public ranging from humble allotments to grand gardens designed by Capability Brown. Admission charges go to charity.
nationalgardeningweek.org.uk Or you could have lunch with your inspiration at the Lords of the Manor hotel in the Cotswolds. This grand hotel has a famously good garden and on Thursday expert Julie Toll, seven-time Chelsea Flower Show gold medal winner, will be giving a talk. That, a two-course lunch and a glass of fizz will set you back a reasonable PS30.
lordsofthemanor.com If you like your gardens untamed, there's a new book to help you find them. For PS16.99 Wild Garden Weekends has uncovered some great places to stay that are in the middle of particularly beautiful nowheres.
wildthingspublishing.com The book also has details of lesser-known gardens and nurseries that specialise in unusual plants. Walcot Hall in Shropshire has apartments and bell tents. A week's stay at the chapel in the arboretum starts at PS525. walcothall.com For something even wilder, Comrie Croft in Perthshire has camping from PS10 a night - and an on-site cafe with home-made cakes. comriecroft.com If you want to holiday in someone else's lovely garden, Sawday's has a selection of homes to rent and B&Bs with stunning gardens, like Brook Farm in Tenbury Wells, Worcs, from PS42.50pp per night B&B. sawdays.co.uk/collections/garden-lovers
Bedding and breakfast: Sawday's Brook Farm