When weather keeps you indoors put your feet up and read a gardening classic. If you want to learn from an expert, it can be something improving – say Graham Stuart Thomas, William Robinson or Christopher Lloyd â€“ alternatively it can be an escapist read about someone elseâ€™s garden.
If you have never read â€˜Elizabeth and her German Gardenâ€™ by Elizabeth von Arnim this is just such a book. Elizabeth lived in the German countryside at the end of the 19th century after marrying a German count (exclusively referred to as The Man of Wrath). It is as much a comedy of manners as it is a book about her garden as she valiantly fights her ignorance, the climate and the German love of straight lines.