Cornish favourites: Morrab Gardens

In the heart of Penzance, only a stone’s throw from the sea, lies a secluded garden which has been looked after by the Council since it was bought in 1888. When the park opened in 1889, the Gardeners’ Chronicle wrote: “One of its features is a Palm-grove, where tourists may fancy themselves in the tropics…

The Rites of Dionysus

From the first time I saw this back in 2006 I have been somewhat underwhelmed by it. Situated in the Mediterranean biome at the Eden Project, the ‘Rites of Dionysus’ is a sculpture by Tim Shaw, a sculptor from Cornwall who was born in Belfast. The installation draws inspiration from the accounts of the Bacchanal…

Six on Saturday | My Garden

It so happens that I have designated six areas to my garden to be able to plan the appropriate planting for each section, so it seemed fitting to describe the parts which make the whole in a six on Saturday post. When I moved here two years ago (end March 2016) I had little idea…

Cornish favourites: Minack Theatre

In the far west of Cornwall, not many miles from Land’s End, the western most part of mainland Britain, is a most unusual place. The Minack is a unique open-air theatre perched on the cliffs high above the Atlantic ocean. In 1929, local drama enthusiasts put on an out-door performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on a…

cornwall in colour: a rainbow

Persian Buttercups As mentioned in my Eden post here are more photos of the incredible Persian Buttercups (Ranunculus asiaticus). Just grab your sunglasses and take a look: The clashing colours are just so amazing. Must be hundreds of bulbs planted here. Have you ever seen such a floriferous display? Singles, doubles all with flouncy petticoats,…

Six on Saturday | Japanese Garden

A Japanese garden is created differently to western gardens, which rely mainly on flowers and visual appeal. These are rather more natural in style and modelled with spiritual and philosophical ideas in mind. Buildings and objects are usually positioned at an angle and paths wind around the garden so not all of the space can…

Cornish favourites: St Just in Penwith

St Just in Penwith is the furthest westerly town in England. Surrounded by moorland and only a mile or so from the Celtic Sea, it is a thriving town, though no longer the boom town it once was in the heyday of the mining industry. There are several independent shops including a butcher and a…

Garden View | Recipe for Eden

On Sunday with the coastal fog being a little more than coastal, I decided to head to the Mediterranean and have a quick visit to South Africa and Western Australia too.  No I haven’t discovered Time Travel (oh, how I wish) but instead went to see what the Eden Project was up to in the…

Six on Saturday | Garden Blues

“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer” ~ Geoffrey B Charlesworth Seen in my garden this spring are six of the prettiest blue flowers: Wood Forget-me-nots (Mysotis sylvatica) a pretty plant with bright blue flowers. Glory-in-the-snow (Chionodoxa forbesii ‘blue’)  one of…

Cornish favourite: Godolphin

A series of narrow lanes lead to Godolphin House and Gardens midway between Godolphin Cross and Townshend. The gardens are open all year round (though it is always best to check before travelling a long distance). Located in a very peaceful part of west Cornwall, the estate includes the Leeds engine house and stack, the…

Changing Seasons – April

Month FOUR of my photographer’s nature journal. Oh, to be in England Now that April’s there, And whoever wakes in England Sees, some morning, unaware, That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf, While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough In England – now! ~ Robert…

Six on Saturday | Bring on the Natives

I am joining in with a new weekly meme that I have come across for those of us who love our gardens (or even someone else’s garden.) It is Six on Saturday and hosted by ‘The Propagator’.  Basically a post about six things in a garden, yours or someone else’s. Plants, birds, fruit, veg, tools, plans,…