look, but don’t touch

Monkshood or Aconite or even wolf’s bane (Aconitum napellus) is one of the most poisonous plants in the garden. A beautiful but deadly hooded flower that can poison by touch alone. That said, bees and butterflies love aconitums, slugs hate them! The top sepal forms the trademark “monk’s hood” and just look at that beautiful…

The Lanes in May

We live in the countryside, but not in a remote location as it is only 3 miles to the former fishing village of St Ives and 4 miles to the former industrial town of Hayle. One of the advantages of living here is that we can walk straight out of our front door and into…

Colours of the Celtic Sea

This view of St Ives harbour and island is one of my favourites especially when the tide is in and the sun is shining. The colours of the Celtic sea (An Mor Keltek) can be breathtakingly beautiful – cyans, aquamarine and deep blues. Hard to believe this is England.

Six on Saturday | Sunny Wall and Gravel Garden

A look at the sunniest part of the garden this week. When I moved in to this house the walled area was full of weeds (cinquefoil, silver-weed, achillea, forget-me-nots, hogweed, buttercups) and a Dianthus or “pinks.”  The Dianthus is still here and about to explode into flower so I’ll save that until it does. The…

My Launderette

This stunning mural is on the wall of the launderette that is next door to my GP’s surgery in Stennack, St Ives. It is a huge mural that takes up the whole side of the St Ives launderette. It depicts a man, a woman and a little dog in fishing boat SS226. There is the…

Fairy Flowers

Our native type (Hyacinthoides non-scripta, otherwise named common bluebells, English bluebells, British bluebells, wood bells, fairy flowers and wild hyacinth) appears in ancient woodlands and along woodland edges in April and May. The sweetly scented flowers only droop from one side of the stem and have narrow leaves unlike the Spanish invaders which are paler and…

Ne’er cast a clout till May be out

Whether May refers to (the end of) the month or the May blossom (Hawthorn), the old saying means don’t take your warm clothes off until the May blossom is out (or the month ends) because cold weather can return during the spring months. It has been pleasantly warm these last few days though the temperature…

Six on Saturday | Woodland Border

It hasn’t been a bad week for gardening, a few showers, but mostly at night, and a couple of breezy days, but I managed to get the lawn mowed and some weeding done (though that is ongoing as I watch the bindweed and cleavers make their way up anything they can get hold of) and…

Harmony

“Blue and Green should never be seen” (because the colours clash), is a saying about colours (not) to wear together, but as Nature proves there is nothing wrong with these two colours side by side – in fact they create harmony and tranquillity and can even help to reduce high blood pressure. So if you…

Towans

Hayle Towans At low tide it sometimes appears as though you could easily walk around the coast to St Ives (header photo) especially when it is an exceptionally low tide and the Hayle river with its strong currents almost disappears.