Incidentally, the garden at Myddleton House is absolutely lovely and is going through huge regeneration currently but all in line with how E A Bowles (the original owner) originally had it. I particularly liked the bed that he named "The Lunatic Asylum" which had all the plants that he thought that were a bit strange; this included the Monkey Puzzle tree (Araucaria araucana - Araucariaceae) which is my favourite plant of all time. "What is your favourite plant?" is a familiar question in horticultural interviews and the Monkey Puzzle is mine - this is a bit embarrassing to admit to, but what can you do? As one interviewer recently said on hearing this "We won't hold it against you" but I think he did as I didn't get the job.
I am beyond excited - I can't wait until people ask me what I do for a living and I can tell them I am a gardener; it's a dream come true.............. Watch this space.