in my garden | an alien invader

Last Thursday I was in the garden shearing the Bay Laurel  shrub  (Laurus nobilis) as it was getting a bit difficult to pass by, which then meant having to pick up all the bits off the gravel path. I am always creating work for myself. I picked up one twiggy piece and was about to…

Six on Saturday | End of July Edition

I am somewhat bemused / confused / irritated by all the focus on the warm weather this month. It is after all summer! OK in the past decade our summers have been a bit of a wash-out, but let’s not forget that we have had sunny summers before. Maybe not with such high temperatures for…

Six on Saturday | The Shouty Ones

Last week we had the whites, this week it is the turn of the brights! I don’t have a ‘hot’ border – I don’t really have borders at all in the conventional sense. I have beds and stone walls with planting. And pots. I still keep my pelargoniums and succulents in pots so I can…

in my garden | mr grumpy

I’m not sure what kind he is (possibly a Ringlet?) as he wouldn’t open his wings for me, just sat there on the honeysuckle leaf looking grumpy. I had my macro lens with me as I was photographing bees, or trying to, and he was just that little bit too high up for me to…

Six on Saturday | Wimbledon Whites

For the Wimbledon finals weekend it seemed fitting to choose six white flowers. Fortunately I have six in flower this week, I do have some white sweet peas but they were late to germinate and go out into the garden this year so I am still waiting for them to flower. Meanwhile I have two…

Garden View: Bonython Manor Gardens

Bonython is a 20 acre garden I have yearned to visit since moving to Cornwall. Typical of the usual Cornish spring plantings of Camellias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons and Magnolias it then explodes into colour during the summer with hot South African planting reminiscent of the owner’s home country. It is a little out-of-the-way situated on…

Cucumber Green Spider

This green spider (Araniella cucurbitina) is seen from April to October and is around 4mm-6mm long. It is usually found hanging out on low growing bushes and hedgerows and eats flies and other small insects. They are native to the UK and, while they look mostly green all over, there is a small red spot…

Welcome the ‘Sky Painter’ #7

The last image this week (but probably not the last sunset you will see on here) is of St Michael’s Mount in tranquil Mount’s Bay. Standing on the top of the hill with the sky lighting up all around is a very strange feeling. To the west, gold, orange, streaks of red, green and aquamarine….