Six on Saturday | odd one out

“I appreciate the misunderstanding I have had with Nature over my perennial border. I think it is a flower garden; she thinks it is a meadow lacking grass, and tries to correct the error” ~ Sara Stein Well spring hit us with a sledgehammer this month with rain and sunshine setting the plants in competition…

Cornish favourites: Barbara Hepworth Sculpture Garden

“Finding Trewyn Studio was a sort of magic’, wrote Barbara Hepworth. ‘Here was a studio, a yard and garden where I could work in open air and space.” I’m not going to say much about this place as I think you will enjoy reading my impressions of this garden following my visit in 2015. View…

Changing Seasons – May

Month five of my photographer’s nature journal.   And after April, when May follows, And the whitethroat builds, and all the swallows! Hark, where my blossomed pear-tree in the hedge Leans to the field and scatters on the clover Blossoms and dewdrops – at the bent spray’s edge – That’s the wise thrush; he sings…

Six on Saturday | Dazzle

When the sun shines in Cornwall there can be no better place in the world. And time to visit a Cornish garden which is famous for Magnolias, Camellias, Rhododendrons and Azaleas. Late May is R&A time so here are my six this week from Glendurgan Gardens on the Helford River. The white rhododendrons are so heavily…

in a twist

The Maze at Glendurgan Gardens, Helford River is full of twists and turns. Daily Post Photo Challenge | Twisted

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…