On this Armistice Day, and Remembrance Sunday, just spare a little thought for all the gardeners of a century ago who went off, sometimes in pals regiments, to fight for their country, never to return to their beloved plots again.
Think of how Tim Smit must have felt when he saw the graffiti in the thunderbox in that lost garden, and the same names on the cenetaphs at Mevigissey and StEwes. This was the real reason he brought Heligan back to us, it maybe true we can never bring the optimism of the 1914 spring and early summer back on their behalf, but that 'Garden Lost In Time' is an incredible tribute to those lost people, and all those ordinary men who went with barely a thought of what might lie in store for them. These were the men who did the hard work, gave us most of the great gardens we know today, leaving their loved ones to fight for what was theirs. Gardeners of today carry on that very same tradition, so along with those other ordinary people, let's just be thankful for what these men did a century ago. This year marks the passing of a century since the battle of the Somme which started in July and would rage on until the18th of this month, so please let's not complain of this time we live in.