Walk­ing the paths less trav­elled

Life gave us lemons

Country Life Every Week - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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