Climate: About -10°C in winter to 30°C in summer. Strong winds, predominantly nor’west. Regular snowfalls, including “big snows”, as in 1973 (5ft) and 1992 (3ft). We manage to escape some of the worst frosts with the Windwhistle breeze. We don’t water our garden: As we have a 50-inch rainfall. Just as well, as we have terrible water pressure that can’t even run a sprinkler. A new plant might get an occasional bucket of water. Plants that grow well are: Rhododendrons, azaleas, bulbs and alpine plants. The Mt Peel lily is now seeding everywhere. What a lovely weed to have! To get rid of garden waste: We try to compost but mostly pile weeds and prunings on sheets then use the motorbike trailer to cart them out under the trees (this is often the children’s job). Best time of the year in the garden: There’s a riot of colour in spring. Autumn colours are also very intense, although the wind can remove it all pretty quickly. Help in the garden: I’m the weeder; Steve the chainsawer. Landscaping can be a family affair. Everyone has an opinion. There’s often a project planned when my parents are staying.