Whisky is a great decongestant, and the booze helps you sleep.There is such a thing as too many hot toddies though – moderation is key, if your goal is to feel better.
Bags of hope: neatly sorted and stored, these seeds are ready for a spring planting.A time to stay indoors and to think about spring and seed.
Plant this A tree that smells like candyfloss?This is the secret superpower of the katsura (Cercidiphyllum japonicum); as well as smelling divine, the leaves flame orange, red and yellow before falling.
‘Electric’ onions are suitable for autumn planting.You have two choices with growing onions and shallots: you can either sow in early spring or plant as sets.
The concept of the living wall has enjoyed a meteoric rise in popularity in recent years.But, much as I love these technological marvels, there’s a far simpler, more cost-effective way to clothe buildings in a living cloak of green: plant some ivy.
Plant this Garlic chives (Allium tuberosum) are the plant that keeps on giving.Harvest the mildly garlicky leaves, then enjoy the white flowers in late summer through to autumn (they are also edible).
Mellow yellow: the last of the sunflowers provide some late-season colour.I have left the sweet pea structures on the plot, though the flowers are long gone.
They say if you find a job you love, you will never work a day in your life.As someone lucky enough to have their passion as their profession, believe me when I tell you it means you never, ever switch off.
Euphorbia characias ‘Tasmanian Tiger’ thrives in full sun.Photograph: Gap Photos
Plant this I love Euphorbia characias, and it loves me – or at least my garden.
It seems you are never too old to try new gardening thinking.For the first time I have veered from seed, succumbed to an email ad and bought Organic Gardening Catalogue ‘super plugs’.
Rip it up and start again: the dahlias didn’t make it but their replacements thrive.Photograph: Allan Jenkins
One of the perils of gardening on a roof terrace is the need to keep plants in pots.
Try liatris spicata for late summer borders.Photograph: gianpinox/Getty Images/iStockphoto
Plant this Liatris spicata or prairie gayfeather is a grand addition to a late summer border or container scheme, with flower spikes of purple or white that look exotic but are tough and hardy.