Six on Saturday | Scarecrows

It’s September and almost the autumn equinox – which means days are growing shorter, sunsets are getting brighter and it is time for another visit to the Trengwainton Gardens near Penzance to see this year’s wonderful Scarecrow exhibition in the walled garden. They hold it every year and with a different theme each time and…

Six on Saturday | Jewel Garden…

Monty Don has a ‘Jewel Garden’ (lucky him) where rich and vibrant flowering plants and shrubs are grown. Late summer and early autumn is the season for a blast of vibrancy in the garden and I have been working at this over the last year to increase flowering times and add colour. Last week we…

Six on Saturday | Late Summer

Back to my garden this week for a quick look around. I have been doing a bit of work in it over the past couple of weeks whenever I have had a spare moment. Both raised beds have been weeded thoroughly (though not thoroughly enough it appears) especially the removal of Forget-me-not seedlings of which…

Six on Saturday | Flutterbies

Thought I’d finish this month with some of the butterfly photos I have managed to find. Some in my garden, some from Trebah and some from Trelissick gardens, another lovely place on the Fal estuary for a walk at any time of the year. I haven’t been doing a lot in my garden these last…

Six on Saturday | feelin’ the buzz

Not my garden, I hasten to make clear. But the wonderful sub-tropical paradise that is Trebah Garden, down on the Helford river in south-west Cornwall. I have visited twice during the last week, the second with my macro lens in the hope of finding some interesting flowers or beasties to capture up close. Life’s a…

Six on Saturday | The Nectar Bar

Flowers rich in nectar attract butterflies to the garden. They love sun and a sheltered spot and tubular flowers to get their long feeding tongues into. Here are six butterfly friendly flowers I have growing in my garden. Field Scabious¬† (Knautia arvensis) is a tall, hairy, grassland perennial with a flower like head of blue-violet…

Six on Saturday | August

August is a strange month in the garden. The days are in equal length to those in April, but in April plants are awakening from their winter slumbers and putting on new growth, leafy buds are bursting out and the garden is clean and fresh and green and early spring bulbs add colour. In August…

Six on Saturday | Raised Herb Bed

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” ~Marcus Tullius Cicero. I love growing herbs. Not only for cooking with (and I shall confess that I generally use very few herbs in this way, mainly parsley, basil, chives, rosemary and thyme) but for the lovely smells when you crush the…

Six on Saturday | Bees and Butterflies

In late summer last year I completed my project to create a gravel garden on the sunniest side of my plot. One of the final pieces was developing a Bee and Butterfly raised bed with predominantly blue, magenta and purple perennials. Daylily. My daylily which hadn’t flowered in three years was also transplanted here. To…

Six on Saturday | The Zen Patio

Come sit on the ‘Zen’ patio and enjoy a cold glass of Sauvignon Blanc with me this week and we’ll have a look at what’s flowering here at the moment. The patio is directly off the conservatory/orangery and has one shady side (next door’s barn + two Goat Willow trees) and one side facing south…