UPDATE (Saturday 9th May): This competition is now closed and a winner has been selected. Raising a glass of Cloudy Bay and getting his glad rags on for the flower show is Matt Blake. Many thanks to all those who entered. I loved the way everyone got so into it.
My brother phoned up the other day to ask what I thought of a house he had his eye on. It rapidly became evident he was less into the house and more into the size of the lawn. “I’d definitely need a sit-on mower. I’ve already researched a few online…” Actually, he wound up saying, there was probably no turning back. He’d HAVE to buy the place now he’d thought himself into owning the equipment, Saturday afternoons creating perfect stripes….which basically means that the cost of the lawn-mower was about £300,000. Can’t you buy quite a nice car for that?
For me gardens are all about romance, not petrol-powered hardware, and as ever in spring I am manically flick-flick and click-clicking through Sarah Raven, David Austin and Woottens Plants, promising myself that by this time next year my little roof terrace will be a gorgeous, scented urban garden not a barren square of “you are so lazy” accusatory grey.
Speaking of urban gardens, thanks to Cloudy Bay, makers of delicious sauvignon blanc, and even more delicious chardonnay and pinot noir, I have one pair of tickets to the Royal Horticultural Society Chelsea Flower Show to give away. They are valid for Wednesday 20 May and include a chance to meet landscape architects David and Harry Rich who have designed Cloudy Bay’s garden at the show this year (their garden last year is pictured above and below – not much of a lawn, sorry, and no sit-on mower). Also, to the same winner, a bottle of Cloudy Bay wine. If you have never tried it – this is your chance. To enter, please leave a comment on this post by midnight on Friday 8th May. Usual terms & conditions apply, and a winner will be chosen using my special random number generating method. This means that even if I know you it is still possible to win.
If you’re after a wine to drink in your own garden, apart from Cloudy Bay, I can’t get enough of the brand new, just-shipped vintage of M de Minuty 2014, a pale pink rosé from Provence that just says, “Bliss,” and, “Hello summer,” from the very first sip. Majestic have it at £9.99 if you buy two bottles (as part of the usual minimum purchase of six) while Roberson on High St Kensington have it for £9.95 a single bottle.