Garden View | Recipe for Eden

On Sunday with the coastal fog being a little more than coastal, I decided to head to the Mediterranean and have a quick visit to South Africa and Western Australia too.  No I haven’t discovered Time Travel (oh, how I wish) but instead went to see what the Eden Project was up to in the…

Six on Saturday | Garden Blues

“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer” ~ Geoffrey B Charlesworth Seen in my garden this spring are six of the prettiest blue flowers: Wood Forget-me-nots (Mysotis sylvatica) a pretty plant with bright blue flowers. Glory-in-the-snow (Chionodoxa forbesii ‘blue’)  one of…

Cornish favourite: Godolphin

A series of narrow lanes lead to Godolphin House and Gardens midway between Godolphin Cross and Townshend. The gardens are open all year round (though it is always best to check before travelling a long distance). Located in a very peaceful part of west Cornwall, the estate includes the Leeds engine house and stack, the…

Changing Seasons – April

Month FOUR of my photographer’s nature journal. Oh, to be in England Now that April’s there, And whoever wakes in England Sees, some morning, unaware, That the lowest boughs and the brushwood sheaf Round the elm-tree bole are in tiny leaf, While the chaffinch sings on the orchard bough In England – now! ~ Robert…

Six on Saturday | Bring on the Natives

I am joining in with a new weekly meme that I have come across for those of us who love our gardens (or even someone else’s garden.) It is Six on Saturday and hosted by ‘The Propagator’.  Basically a post about six things in a garden, yours or someone else’s. Plants, birds, fruit, veg, tools, plans,…

Cornish favourites: Cot Valley

If you like walking you can reach the Cot Valley (Porth Nanven) by walking along the south coastal path from Cape Cornwall over Carn Gloose where you will find the remains of the Ballowall Barrow, a unique Bronze Age tomb had a long and complex history as a sacred site. The barrow was excavated (and…

in my garden | april

“Oh, spring is surely coming, Her couriers fill the air; Each morn are new arrivals, Each night her ways prepare; I scent her fragrant garments, Her foot is on the stair.” ~ John Burroughs from ‘I hear the wild geese honking’ Spring was late this year. In March we had two unlikely falls of snow,…

Six on Saturday | Common Weeds

I am joining in with a new weekly meme that I have come across for those of us who love our gardens (or even someone else’s garden.) It is Six on Saturday and hosted by ‘The Propagator’.  Basically a post about six things in a garden, yours or someone else’s. Plants, birds, fruit, veg, tools, plans,…

Cornish favourites: Cape Cornwall

Cape Cornwall is the only Cape in England and is so-called because until the 19th century it was thought to overlook the meeting of the English Channel and St George’s Channel (they actually meet at Gwennap Head, near Land’s End). A climb up the Cape headland to the stack offers panoramic views of Lands End,…

Six on Saturday | Rainbow

I am joining in with a new weekly meme that I have come across for those of us who love our gardens (or even someone else’s garden.) It is Six on Saturday and hosted by ‘The Propagator’.  Basically a post about six things in a garden, yours or someone else’s. Plants, birds, fruit, veg, tools, plans,…

Cornish favourites: a lighthouse

The last shore station on the north coast of west Cornwall before reaching Land’s End, Pendeen lighthouse stands atop sheer cliffs on a headland below the village of Pendeen, between St Just and St Ives. Pendeen Watch lighthouse has been guiding ships through this area for over a hundred years, its fairly squat white tower measuring 17 metres. Leave the car…

cornwall in colour: spring shades (17 shades of green)

A walk in my favourite local “garden” on Sunday revealed lots of new life springing up – shrubs and perennials with bright new leaves; Euphorbias ranging from the palest yellow to brightest green, some with a dark red ‘eye’; variegated, spotted and striped; round, oval, crinkled, spiky; leathery, furry and prickly – take your pick. There…