Walking the paths less travelled
Life gave us lemons
S a regular reader of COUNTRY LIFE, I’ve seen the occasional reference to citrus trees, but never to the hardy varieties that can be grown and indeed flourish in our warming climate, particularly after the past two mild winters.
You might be interested to know of the varieties in my garden in Petworth, West Sussex: Thomasville Citrangequat, an American hybrid, and Swingle Citrumelo (above), normally used as a rootstock to induce cold-temperature tolerance, but which has been allowed to grow on for some five years to a shrub of about 8ft. They are certainly a talking point for our visitors. Richard Parkinson, West Sussex
AFIONA REYNOLDS’S column (January 11) reminded me of several recent strolls following my daughter’s announcement that she was going to walk the Aylesbury Outer Ring during her Christmas holiday. I agreed to accompany her and discovered dozens of places, within a relatively few miles from home, that I had no idea even existed. Despite an extraordinary range of aching body parts, I’d highly recommend the marked walks that surround almost all of us as an excellent way to discover the many hidden delights of our wonderful countryside. John Stewart, Buckinghamshire