Herefordshire

Tips and deals of the week: 12/12/2010

Last-minute Christmas cottages

White Heron Properties still has availability for festive rentals in Herefordshire. Choose from Field Cottage, sleeping up to five, price £640 for the week commencing 21 December, or Gardeners Cottage, sleeping six, for £800.

Go to whiteheronproperties.com

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Feat of clay: A top ad executive reveals his ambitious country garden

Brockhampton Cottage, Herefordshire. It sounded such a cosy address. I imagined black and white timbering, a box-edged path to the door. Hollyhocks even. And the garden, opening today for the first time, a retirement project perhaps for its owners, Peter and Ravida Clay. Instead, I found a thruster, once deputy managing director of the aggressively successful ad agency BMP, stitching together a landscape so big you can scarcely see to the end of it. "Cottage" is an ironic misnomer.

A cut above: The Real Cut Flower Garden specialises in flowers you

Making a living out of what you like doing best is a good wheeze. Charlie Ryrie loves growing stuff and launched her new business, The Real Cut Flower Garden, to justify growing even more. She saw, also, a gap in the cut flower market. "We mail out bunches of the kind of flowers you might pick in your own garden, if you had one," she explains. "It's very different from the stuff you find in the average florist's shop. And our stuff hasn't flown halfway round the world to get to the customer." She cuts much of her greenery from the hedges round her Herefordshire garden; the pony paddock behind is lined out with vast quantities of annuals and herbaceous perennials.