Thursday Special: Vernal

Thursday Special: Vernal
Enjoying a visit to a spring garden

Cornwall is famous for its spring gardens, where magnolias and camellias bloom in February followed swiftly by snowdrops, primroses, azaleas, rhododendrons, bluebells and many other delights.

Although I have visited Trelissick garden on the Fal river many times, it is always a joy to see what is flowering. This time I decided to play around with the art effects on my camera to mix things up a bit.

Pop over to Paula to see more spring delights.

A Woodland Walk

A Woodland Walk

I don’t need much of an excuse to visit a garden and after a year of watching my new garden grow I have decided that it is in need of some extra plants so what better than to combine a trip to a nursery which also has its own woodland gardens (Ailsa of Travel Theme is gardening this week too).

Burncoose Nursery is rather famous as it appears annually at the Chelsea Flower Show and runs a mail order service, it also has a 30 acre woodland garden which comes into its own in spring.

” Much of the charm of Burncoose Gardens is the carpets of bluebells, daffodils, primroses, snowdrops and wild violets which grow in abundance in the late winter and spring”

Having driven past many times over the past year, this week I decided it was time for a visit. With a list of desired plants of course.

The Lodge drive is lined either side with rhododendrons and azaleas and small clumps of bluebells, the recent wind and rain had caused damage to the fragile flowers, but there was still plenty of colour around.

Veering off the drive into the woodland itself I was accompanied by a friendly Border collie dog who seemed to want me to follow her amongst the rhododendrons.

And eventually to the largest patch of bluebells, magnificent under a stand of beech trees freshly dressed in light green which contrasted with the deep blue carpet.

At the pond the dog and I parted company as she met another couple and proved to be disloyal by deciding to abandon me and accompany them on their stroll. I returned to the nursery as I still had a job to do. I still wonder if they thought I had left my dog behind!

Of course Cornwall is pretty famous for its spring gardens and there are a lot to choose from. You haven’t seen the last from me. And I might reblog some of the great Cornish gardens that I wrote about on Earth Laughs in Flowers

If you like a walk, long or short, then please visit Jo for her regular strolls in the UK and the Algarve and maybe you could join in too.

Monthly Photo Challenge: April Again

Monthly Photo Challenge: April Again

Well, April has been a surprise. Practically a whole month of sunshine, though sometimes accompanied by a chilly north wind, but I can’t complain. It has been glorious weather and much dryer than normal. Which isn’t necessarily a good thing for everyone.

There have been some beautiful sunsets and I even managed to go out and visit a couple of spring gardens, though a little late for the magnolias and camellias. Next year I will do better and make the effort in March.

Reflection in the conservatory

Coming back along the coast road from one of the gardens we stopped to visit the Lanyon Quoit which has been avoiding us for years, and Carn Galver Mines which are located in ancient field systems and overlooked by a Neolithic settlement

The Belted Galloway cattle you see in the header are grazed around the old mines, so you need to take care driving along this stretch of the road; probably my favourite drive in Cornwall as the narrow road meanders through farms and hamlets with the hills and tors on one side and the Celtic Sea (Atlantic) on the other.

I finished painting the bedroom and office/music room and the flooring was fitted and the new window units too, so it is all looking rather nice in that end of the house. After much huffing and puffing we even managed to move the furniture back into the correct rooms and the OH is happy to have his guitars back by his side.

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Earth Day

Earth Day

Earth Day 2017’s Campaign is Environmental & Climate Literacy. I think most of us are aware that there is damage being done to the environment though maybe not entirely sure what the causes are. Some people still dismiss the notion of climate change despite weather patterns becoming more and more unpredictable. I, like many people, recycle as much of my household rubbish that I can, in the hope that some of it may be re-used, though I have my suspicions that much of it isn’t or else shipped off at great cost to another country to deal with. I try not to use packaging when shopping, but that is often very difficult to achieve – it’s not like the 1950s when you could nip down to the grocer who would weigh you 4oz loose tea leaves into a brown paper bag. Likewise sugar, flour, slabs of butter and cheese or slices of bacon wrapped in grease-proof paper. Even eggs went into a bag! To be gently carried home.

Some of the ways suggested to lessen our footprint on the world is to eat less meat, plant a tree, use less disposable plastic, buy a hybrid car. We can all do our bit, but is it really going to be enough to save our planet?

Atlantic View from Northern Penwith – a mysterious landscape of ancient settlements

Finally a documentary that I saw about China Between Clouds and Dreams is worth viewing if you can (not sure about outside the UK). It is very emotional.

A stunning, intimate series painting a rarely-seen picture of real life in China, interweaving stories of human drama with nature, as the country tries to balance its ambitious future with its ecology

Thursday Special: Carn Galver Mine

Thursday Special: Carn Galver Mine

Carn Galver Mine lies alongside the B3306 coast road in north Penwith, situated roughly midway between Zennor and St. Just. The pair of engine houses mark the start of arguably the most concentrated area of mines in the county.

The westernmost engine house retains its chimney and used to house a 40-inch pumping engine and seems oddly juxtaposed among the natural surroundings.

The Western Penwith region is much less changed by modern housing developments and infrastructure than the Redruth and Camborne area of the Great Flat Lode mines.