Black ink sketch with Winsor & Newton Cotman watercolours on Bockingford 300gsm . “Where, but in a garden, do summer hours pass so quickly?” . Some of my favourite garden tools are my Lasher spade and fork – petite and light-weight, they are ideal for the woman-gardener. I have had mine for many years now, and they’re certainly showing wear, but they’re still as sturdy as ever, taking pride of place in my garden shed. Nobody, not even Chrissie, my garden manager, is allowed to use them, she has her own set. Between the two of us, we make a mean team in the garden! . I prefer hand trowels with a wooden handle, they seem to have a better grip, especially when one’s hands are wet.