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 ScabiousĀ  (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…

Six on Saturday | Pelargoniums (2)

I wrote a post about these flowers last year, but I bought some new varieties in the autumn in small 6 cm pots and they are in flower now so I thought I would introduce you to them. In early May IĀ  spent a weekend potting up all my older pellies and removing the cuttings…

Six on Saturday | Detail

This weekend I am on nursing duties, so not much time for gardening and blogging, but I took the opportunity to get outside in the garden this morning, whilst it was calm, with my 60mm macro lens to get a little closer to some of the pretty flowers which are blooming this week. I love…

Six on Saturday | Garden Views

This week, for a change I am going to show six views from my garden. The flowers above are from the different areas that can be seen in the photos. Raised beds and the nursery section at the far end of the garden (as from the house) or the first thing you see as you…