The recent spate of gardening programmes will have inspired many of us to make improvements to our outside space. Tempting though it is, try to avoid exotic plants which generally don’t fare well in our climate.
A case in hand is that of the little nut tree. These diminutive legume producing shrubs rarely give rise to a glut of nuts. More common is the appearance of a silver nutmeg and a golden pear. Garden centres are not obliged to refund your money. Moreover, owners of trees of this type are subjected to visits (often unannounced) from the King of Spain’s daughter.