Colour on a grey day (145 days to go…)

by Max Akroyd

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At some point – while I was filling pots of compost or strimming away the mortal remains of last summer or messing about for ages trying to perfect a stake for an insane goat’s tether – the post lady deposited a copy of this year’s Baumaux catalogue in our post box.

At nearly seven hundred pages, it’s as big as an unpopular town’s phone book. And it’s a welcome injection of inspiring colour on a mild but wild Breton day. You’d have to be even odder than I am to buy all fourteen varieties of lamb’s lettuce. But it’s good to know they’re there.