Six on Saturday | Roses

I have inherited three roses – two white ones in the back garden, one which I think is a climber but having been covered by the rampant jasmine has a very spindly stem from which I have managed to get it to develop shoots and stems and layer them on the fence so that this…

The Blue Hour

Magic Hours: The blue hour and the golden hour are considered, especially by landscape photographers, the best moments to take pictures, because lighting is soft, diffused, and warm. During the blue hour the sky has a deep blue hue with a cold colour temperature and saturated colours. At the beginning (evening) and at the end (morning), a…

On the Lizard

Although these photos were taken a week ago, I thought they would be nice to feature on the longest day of the year for all of us in the northern hemisphere. The Lizard peninsula is a very special region of mainland Britain with diverse flora and fauna and as you can see from these images,…

Cornish favourites: Neolithic period

Walking through the fields in West Penwith looking for Chûn Quoit was how we spent one day of our Cornish holiday three years ago. There is something about a quoit/dolmen that intrigues me and on reaching one  I feel a sense of peace and history that stretches back to (3500-2500 BC).  What would this place have looked like…

Six on Saturday | Mid June

A quick look around the garden with more plants beginning to flower this month as the temperature climbs. Another blue hardy geranium and one which I bought myself last year from Burncoose nursery. I have of course lost the name. Slightly paler than last week’s version and with a white eye. Looks lovely intermingling with…

Cornish favourites: Levant Mine

If you are interested in the Cornish mines and specifically the ruins, but not keen on going underground (Geevor) or walking on steep cliffs (Botallack / Wheal Coates / Rinsey) then Levant is the place for you.  Its main attraction is that it has the world’s only Cornish beam engine still operated by steam on…

Come in, the water is lovely…

The last time I was here it was a very different story – A and I got totally soaked! I had to take my car in to the VW garage in Helston yesterday (an intermittent fault starting the engine) and seeing I was: already more than half way to the Lizard Point it was still…

Six on Saturday | in the sun

Things have started to flower in the sunny side of the garden and I am already beginning to think that the geraniums will have to be divided. Hardy Geranium #1 Hardy Geranium #2 Anthemis punctata subsp. cupaniana (Sicilian chamomile) This grows in both sun and shade and creeps nicely over the low granite stone walls. Easily propagated,…

George V Memorial Walk

Taking the car in for its MOT isn’t all bad when it means I can take a walk along the George V Memorial walk along the Copperhouse pool in Hayle whilst waiting for the test to be completed. The variety of flowers along this walk never fails to surprise and please me. At this time…

Cornish favourites: Penlee Memorial Garden

The parkland surrounding Penlee House in Penzance was initially planted by J.R. Branwell and included many rare species from all around the world. The family were friendly with the Dorien Smiths who still live at Tresco Abbey, on Tresco, Isles of Scilly. Apart from the informal and formal gardens, there were also kitchen and flower…

The Mousehole Cat

Another birthday meal (the OH, not mine) at the Old Coastguard Hotel in Mousehole (Mowzel) on Thursday was very different to the one on my birthday there a couple of years ago. The weather for one thing. The crowds for another. Celebrating a birthday in Cornwall during a school holiday is a bit of a…