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Thenford: The Creation of an English Garden

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Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item. What comes shining through in this delightful book and also in the flesh, is just how much pleasure the Heseltines have had from watching their Thenford dream take shape' Daily Mail.

I’m trying to link the garden’s impervious, permanent beauty to the state of chaos around the country when Michael cuts me off. Today, the garden at Thenford has an arboretum which contains more than 3,500 different species of trees and shrubs, including rare plants which were wild-collected by well known plantsmen including Roy Lancaster OBE, Allen Coombes, Keith Rushforth and Chris Chadwell. He’s out there somewhere, I guess, lecturing an errant sapling, as he has acknowledged that he occasionally must, or taking issue with a squirrel. Feeling embarrassed about my firm position in the latter camp, I talk ruefully about my own back garden, whose state of disrepair can be summarised by the ominous weed that keeps sliding in under the back door. Anne and Michael take me on a tour in one of their ‘his and hers’ golf buggies, which they use to visit the four corners of the gardens most evenings.Read more about the condition New: A new, unread, unused book in perfect condition with no missing or damaged pages.

The beauty of having spring and rose gardens, as well as woodland walks and water gardens, is that ‘every day is different, each bit of the garden has its moment’, observes Anne. EXCLUSIVEKate is reunited with her three children for the first time in two weeks after leaving hospital. The Heseltines, for their part, have a laconic, almost indetectable haughtiness to their excellent manners.At the thought, I surmise, of large family groups with screaming toddlers and a pram carving its way across the grass, a cloud crosses Michael’s face. Our first stop is the Sculpture Garden with its interconnected series of ‘rooms’ enclosed by yew and beech hedges. In such idyllic circumstances, the Heseltines are more enamoured of their garden than ever, and more determined to spend as much time there as they can.

The woman in question was a poor choice for the job, Lady Heseltine thinks: “I forget her name, but she is married to … Alan . With our high quality and fast digitizing process, we help newspaper archives in converting their physical prints into digital format.Photograph: Tom Pilston for the Guardian View image in fullscreen Lord Michael and Lady Ann Heseltine in their garden at Thenford, near Banbury. Accepting that the killer line about Boris that I had secretly hoped for is not about to materialise – I mean, earlier this year Michael described his Henley constituency successor as “a general who marches his army to the sound of the guns and the moment he sees the battleground he abandons it”, for God’s sake – I find myself babbling out of awkwardness. Gayle King shares video of Oprah Winfrey reading to her grandson Luca in a sweet 70th birthday tribute. For now, they’re describing the consequences of their great project’s exposure to the world with some of the same reluctance. She didn’t know anything about gardening at all, which was rather a pity, and she kept wanting to bring Michael back to politics.

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