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…

Six on Saturday | Mid June Edition

A quick look around the garden with more plants beginning to flower this month as the temperature climbs. Another blue hardy geranium and one which I bought myself last year from Burncoose nursery. I have of course lost the name. Slightly paler than last week’s version and with a white eye. Looks lovely intermingling with…

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…

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…

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…

cornwall in colours: 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,…

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…

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,…

in my garden | signs of spring

Some signs of spring in the garden this weekend. One orange tulip which is from the ones I planted last year and I believe is ‘Orange Emperor’ and another in bud which is from my new selection. A few stalwart pansies have survived the snow, though the ones in the north-facing courtyard are looking less…