Country Life 18 August 2021

Country Life 18 August 2021 looks at how flowers help us with the weather and traces the history of rosettes.

WEATHER: Forget forecasting apps, the best way to tell if there’s rain on the wind is to consult wildflowers, avers John Lewis-Stempel.

BEN GOLDSMITH: Ben explains why he is turning his farm over to Nature, as he begins wilder farming.

ROSETTES: Fluttering from a bridle or on the lapel of a politician’s suit, bright rosettes catch everyone’s eye. Julie Harding finds out why they still mean more than silverware.

GUERNSEY: Exploring by boat, the abundant flora and fauna of the Bailiwick.

ART: Kiki McDonough’s favourite painting.

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