Heligan’s Sundial Garden

“In the 1896 edition of The Gardener’s Chronicle, this garden was noted to have ‘the finest herbaceous border in Britain’. In summer, its borders are once again bursting with heritage blooms and are a haven for an array of bees and butterflies.”  [source: Heligan website] The Sundial Garden is a secluded walled garden with wide…

Heligan

It’s not a quick drive to these gardens as they are on the south coast and the other side of Truro from me, but one I thought I might do more often than I have. Living in the far west, almost at the end of Cornwall’s major road the A30, means anywhere eastwards is a…

Trelissick Garden in Summer

No need for directions, we’ve been here many times before, so simply enjoy a pictorial summer stroll through this lovely garden with me on a sunny and warm afternoon in August. Plenty of late flowering summer perennials including a lovely yellow Helenium, Dahlia (Trelissick Purple), Helianthus, Japanese Anemones, Daylilies, Persicaria ‘Red Dragon‘ and a pretty…

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…

Changing Seasons – August 2019

August has passed all too quickly and with many more visits to the hospital. A quick walk along the George V garden was made after a morning of rain! Whist the rest of the UK suffered from yet another heatwave this month, we in Cornwall remained in a state of Cornish mizzle¹ for much of…

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…

Changing Seasons – July 2019

Late again as July has been a somewhat strange month. During the first week my son was in hospital for a planned operation then home to recover, however he became quite ill so was taken back into hospital where he still is, and although he is making a good recovery now, there are still major…