Questions Questions Questions! I’m afraid to say that Mrs W from Nether Lamport (note 8) has been in touch again.

She asks if Mark Laird, author of that seminal work The Flowering of the Landscape Garden, and promoter of the importance of ‘theatrical’ planting – that is planting in graduated rows determined by height – whether Mark was attracted to the idea of this layered planting because his surname was Laird (for those of my readers unfamiliar with the whimsicalities of English spelling, ‘layered’ and ‘Laird’ sound the same). I don’t know Mrs W. You might as well ask whether our editor, John Phibbs, has invented the entire correspondence of the Brown Advisor because he cannot stop lying (see note 61). These are not credible insinuations. Refrain.

Editor of the Brown Advisor, John Phibbs. Surely you would trust this amiable fellow?

Editor of the Brown Advisor, John Phibbs. Surely you would trust this amiable fellow?