Midsummer Stroll

A quick late evening stroll around the country lanes and ‘my’ hill last week revealed more wild flowers. Mullein (Verbascum) with its wonderful caterpillar moth, Evening Primrose, Bear’s Breeches (Acanthus mollis), purple foxgloves, thistle seedheads, bracken leaves turning gold already, wild honeysuckle and buddleia throwing their fragrance into the still air, rosebay willowherb and pretty…

Dancing Poppies

“The farmland here is managed specifically as a nature reserve for plants and wildlife associated with arable cultivation and is not commercially farmed.  It’s one of only a few such sites in Britain. Year after year visitors come to take in this much-loved sight – fields full of wild farmland flowers, and a real reminder…

The Lanes in May

We live in the countryside, but not in a remote location as it is only 3 miles to the former fishing village of St Ives and 4 miles to the former industrial town of Hayle. One of the advantages of living here is that we can walk straight out of our front door and into…

St George’s Day – or is it?

I have always known 23rd April to be the day we English celebrate St George, our patron saint (though I personally think we should acknowledge St Edmund  the Martyr as he was at least English and once held that honour). Maybe instead of raising the red cross  of St George  instead we ought to be…

A Walk to the Lighthouse

It is lovely and sunny here in the south-west. And I am not complaining. Far too often we miss out on the warmer weather and fine dry days that the south-east of the country seem to monopolise, so I say “bring it on”.  On Monday, on a whim, we decided to drive out to Godrevy…

Six on Saturday | Bring on the Natives

I am joining in with a new weekly meme that I have come across for those of us who love our gardens (or even someone else’s garden.) It is Six on Saturday and hosted by ‘The Propagator’.  Basically a post about six things in a garden, yours or someone else’s. Plants, birds, fruit, veg, tools, plans,…

Six on Saturday | Common Weeds

I am joining in with a new weekly meme that I have come across for those of us who love our gardens (or even someone else’s garden.) It is Six on Saturday and hosted by ‘The Propagator’.  Basically a post about six things in a garden, yours or someone else’s. Plants, birds, fruit, veg, tools, plans,…

in my garden | traveller’s joy

Traveller’s Joy or Old Man’s Beard is a member of the Clematis genus and scrambles over hedgerows and plants and in fact anything in its vicinity. As it matures the stems become woody. It is covered in small white flowers throughout summer and can be seen in woodlands and the countryside. In autumn and winter…

in my garden

Not as sharp as I would like, (pesky butterflies refuse to stay still for long enough), but I hope you will agree with me that on enlarging this image it is a fascinating portrait. Just look at the size of that tongue (proboscis)! Not to mention the eye. and perching beautifully on my Hemp Agrimony (Eupatorium cannabinum) (The…