There is no way I am going out into my garden today. Winds of 70 – 80mph have been ripping through my garden since three am and still at it. Accompanied by lashings of rain that I am sad to say has found its way into the newly decorated conservatory. Very sad face.
But just to show that there is still a lot of colour here in Cornwall I managed to get some photos of the flowers and plants around Penlee Park in Penzance on Thursday, accompanied by typical Cornish mizzle I may add. But sometimes raindrops enhance a plant. And I used my new phone too as that is supposed to be waterproof, unlike my camera.
- One thing that I look for once the flowers diminish are the textures of plants. Luckily this far west we get very few frosts and so tropical looking plants survive outdoors all year round.
- Another thing to look for is colour. England on the whole doesn’t do those bright brash colours, leaves generally turn yellow and then brown and drop off, unless you have maples or exotic American trees. But there are surprises like this shrub.
- Some flowers are still giving their all such as these colourful Begonias outside the Penlee Gallery and Orangery Café where you can get a very decent cup of coffee and cake and free WiFi. They even do breakfast and lunch too. And you can always go into the gallery for some culture.
- In the Memorial Garden I was surprised to find Azaleas already in bud and even flower! Though I had already been surprised by finding white Camellias in flower in the Morab Garden nearby.
- A clump of the white Japanese Anemone shone out in the grey gloom, looking pristine. My pink ones faded long ago.
- And the lovely dark red Sedum dies off beautifully.
As always, if you want a peek over other people’s garden walls then please pop over to our host, the lovely Jon, AKA ‘The Propagator’ where you find links to many more wonderful garden enthusiasts from all over the world. There might be a few soggy gardens this week!
See here for the participant’s guide.