Changing Seasons – November

Ah, November. The month I dislike the most. With the changing of the clocks the days become shorter with sun sets around 16:30 by the end of the month. I keep on thinking that it won’t be long until the shortest day and then the light will last just that bit longer each day. Bird…

Six on Saturday | Late November Edition

I have had a look around the garden to see what is still in flower, though probably won’t be for much longer as it has been colder this week including a frost on Wednesday morning. As you can see from the header my ‘Tresco Purple’ Osteospermum and the Erigeron karvinskianus are still flowering away in…

Six on Saturday | Heucheras, Heucherellas and Tiarellas

This week I am going to introduce you to my new favourites. Heucheras, Heucherellas and Tiarellas which all belong to the family – Saxifragiace, a North American group. Given the problems I have in this garden with S&S (slugs and snails) and becoming quite disillusioned with the destruction of lots of seedlings and flowers in my…

Six on Saturday | November Edition

I have been struggling this last week to even get out into the garden, let alone take any photographs. It has been wet. Wet and windy. Very windy. So windy I had to bring indoors the bird feeders after they all blew off their hooks. I’m not happy, the birds aren’t happy either. And my…

Light

After a week of relentless heavy rain, gales and showers it was a relief to awake to a lovely sunrise this morning. This golden hour was  just after 8 am.

Garden View: Trengwainton

Trengwainton is my closest National Trust garden, though St Michael’s Mount and Godolphin are pretty close too. They are all very different gardens and I try to visit each one a couple of times a year, usually spring and autumn. Summer is best avoided, especially St Michael’s Mount which attracts a lot of coaches. Trengwainton…

Six on Saturday | Lost Gardens of Heligan

There is not a lot of change in my garden this week, though I have bought a couple of new perennial plants for the shady border. How could I resist when they were being offered at 50% off! Now I can’t decide whether to keep them in their pots until the spring or chance planting…

Changing Seasons – October

Month ten of my photographer’s nature journal. “I cannot endure to waste anything so precious as autumnal sunshine by staying in the house. So I have spent almost all the daylight hours in the open air.” Nathaniel Hawthorne October has been a mixed month. We didn’t go very far as we had the builders in…

Six on Saturday | Annual Round-up

As it is coming to the end of October and the clocks move back tonight (why do they still do this?) we are heading into the worst months of the year (November, December and January) as far as I am concerned. I hate short days and it getting dark at 4 pm.  Not a time…

Six on Saturday | Mid October Edition

It has been a strange month so far. Some sunny and even warm days, some cloudy days and Storm Callum was rather a pain bringing lashings of rain and gale force winds. Although the new conservatory roof was finished, the storm managed to find a gap to blow in some rain causing wet interior walls…