Country Life 13 September 2023

Country Life 13 September 2023 looks at the sex lives of plants, hedgehogs, and Coco Chanel's love of the English countryside.

The cutting-garden diaries

In the first of a new series, Anna Brown is busy picking flowers—and already planning for spring

Fifty shades of green

John Wright investigates some of the more outlandish and risqué techniques plants have developed to spread their seed

Who are you calling prickly?

As Mrs Tiggy-Winkle faces an uncertain future, Sarah Sands explores our relationship with the much-loved hedgehog

Cut from a different cloth

Coco Chanel’s love affair with the British countryside shaped some of her most enduring designs, finds Justine Picardie

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Great nurseries

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An architectural accident

In the first of two articles, John Goodall explores the origins of Spetchley Park, Worcestershire

Native breeds

Red Ruby Devon cattle grazing the county’s heather moors are a sight to behold for Kate Green

To the manor sworn

Matthew Dennison meets the determined and discerning modern country-house chatelaines

Plastic fantastic

Harry Pearson catches up with Wallace and Gromit as they mark 30 years of The Wrong Trousers

Drop-red gorgeous

Tom Parker Bowles savours the subtle and gently rich flavour of red mullet—always on the bone


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The good stuff

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