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 – alternatively it can be an escapist read about someone else’s garden.
If you have never read ‘Elizabeth and her German Garden’ 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.