Since being allowed to see the new, smaller garden, I must exercise my cousinly rights and say that it really is not small at all, and is quickly becoming a very handsome gem’ and full of interesting and rather special plants. We hope to show pictures of it when it has matured a little 1A fine bush of rose Aloha’ rises above colourful shrubs. 2 Shrubs with golden tinted leaves, such as Lonicera Baggesen’s Gold’, massed together. 3 An acid-green mass of Alchemilla mollis contrasts with the brilliance of Geranium endressii. 4 Jane Illingworth has a fondness for silver foliage like that of Santolina (Cotton lavender). 5 Dwarf roses near the edge of a border – in the background Acacia Frisia. 6 White roses shine against a backdrop of dark tree foliage. Today, as in 1793 when Thomas Minton founded his china empire, patterns are still produced in the time-honoured tradition. Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of York, chose St. James’ as their wedding gift in 1986 from the British Ceramic Manufacturers Federation. Added to the basic design, shown here, was a cypher of their initials incorporated into the border. From Minton at Royal Doidton, 167 Piccadilly, Wl: dinner plate, £21.00; vegetable dish, £109; sugar box, £45.00. (Portrait of The Duke and Duchess of York by Michael Noakes; courtesy of Yorkshire Television York City Art Gallery.