Mowing the lawn | Emma Raducanu | Fungi | Daddy longlegs | Festive menus
Re cutting the grass (Country diary, 8 September), we shall not be mowing our lawns, front, back and verge, until the end of October. By then, hundreds of lady’s tresses, the autumn orchid, will have dropped their seeds. Sadly, as we are both 81, we are acting for the future, as orchids take a minimum of seven years to put in an appearance.
• Would sports writers refer to the success of a young, male tennis player as “a fairytale” (Report, 8 September)? Having watched Emma Raducanu outwit and out-hit Belinda Bencic, I would argue that there is nothing make-believe about it.