Abstraction in the garden

I have visited the Tremenheere Sculpture Garden in Gulval near Penzance before and I was extremely pleased with the more structural and naturalistic planting so very different to the usual Cornish gardens which are designed for spring delights such as rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias.

Although there is a Cornish woodland and a more exotic woodland with tree ferns erupting from the valley floor, there is also a feeling of being in another country; it includes the fynbos of South Africa; Australian, Mexican and New Zealand flora; and a sense of space and calm.

On my recent visit I wanted to capture the shapes, textures and patterns of the diverse flora found here. The light playing on the leaves created even more patterns and colours. Shiny ferns, silver-backed ferns and ferns curled into tight fist-shaped balls.

Back-lit newly formed rich red leaves

Damaged, dying and decaying flora


and complex shapes and patterns



  1. beetleypete says:

    Very nice, Jude. I recall the Scilly Isles having some exotic plants when I visited. It was a long time ago, but I remember being told it was to do with the mild weather caused by the Gulf Stream.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

  2. restlessjo says:

    As beautiful a post as you’ve ever created, Jude! Absolutely stunning with all that light, shade, gold and red. And that curly wurly twiddly thing again 🙂 🙂
    Watching Murray battle Gasquet. Hard to think!

  3. Great abstracts, Jude. Love the curled up ferns the most. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Difficult things to get right, I am never satisfied with the focus on the ferns, but these were the best of the bunch, they just look so lovely all tightly curled up.

  4. A great way to shape a garden ramble. My favourites are those fern-fists, although that last shot glows, as does everything in the gallery that precedes it. It’s good to see damage and decay honoured. I always remember a 17th century still life containing a deformed peach: most still lifes are borderline forgettable, but not this one.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The patches of decay were such lovely contrasting colours I could not ignore them.

  5. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Lovely, simple images made spectacular by your presentation!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Gilly 🙂

  6. pommepal says:

    Abstraction personified and do I spot a Banksia in that last glowing shot? It is superb.

    1. Heyjude says:

      You do indeed PP.

  7. Sue Slaght says:

    Stunning as always Jude. That first curled ball looks like an alien life form to me. There could be a story in the making!

  8. Your photos are gorgeous and I especially love the last one. Beautiful.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, that is the Banksia. A wonderful flower. Glad you enjoyed the post HH 🙂

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