In My Neighbourhood

In my neighbourhood is a tag I have used for posting about things and places around me. Usually the lanes and the hill. Anything within walking distance. Which includes a pair of granite and whitewashed Cornish cottages. Nothing unusual about that you may say, not in Cornwall, where they are two a penny, but what catches my eye about these cottages are the enormous fuchsia hedges. Usually I am driving past on my way in and out of the lane to join  the main road and at this time of the year I always notice the amazing fuchsia hedges and the hydrangeas.

This hedge is at least 4m high and simply dripping with the jewel-like flowers

On Saturday I took a walk down to take some photographs, Megan of Harebells and Maples was interested in seeing what a large fuchsia hedge looks like. It’s not an easy site to photograph as it is mostly in shadow, but hopefully you’ll get some idea of how beautiful it looks.

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And I always think hydrangeas look so good in September when the colours fade and begin to change colour to autumnal shades of red, brown or green.

And across the lane by a small stream someone has scattered some wildflower seeds.

Perfect for the pollinators

35 Comments Add yours

  1. artfulcrone says:

    Your part of the world is so lovely!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is when the sun shines! Can be a bit bleak at times.

  2. beetleypete says:

    They are impressive hedges indeed, Jude. More colourful than our bland Beech hedges at the front of the bungalow.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oh, I think the beech hedges look lovely in the autumn and winter when they keep the copper leaves.

  3. susurrus says:

    Our hedges are not as pretty as yours, but we do have a few of the huge semi-wild fuchsias. I love hydrangeas at this time of year too.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Oddly I prefer hydrangeas as they begin to go over.

  4. Lynn says:

    So beautiful Jude. On my trip to Belgium & Holland earlier this summer, the hydrangeas were absolutely spectacular every where we rode. Must be a good year for them!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I think it is always a good year for them here because of the damp, though this year they must have struggled as it has been a lot drier than normal.

  5. margaret21 says:

    Lovely. The only place I have visited that has fuchsia hedges at every turn is Ireland. They put on such a splendid show.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Ah, yes, I remember them in Ireland too. Fabulous.

  6. Dina says:

    The fuchsia hedges look stunning. Some neighbours have slightly smaller fuchsia bushes, we can’t even keep a small fuchsia plant alive, sad to say. Love the colourful wildflower meadow.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sad to say that my own fuchsias are quite small specimens except for the wilder one which is nowhere near as big as these! But then I do cut it back to the ground each year.

  7. Any more foliage and you could almost get off a speeding ticket because of it! 40 sign? What 40 sign?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha… yes, that’s not the only one covered by the foliage. The sign to our turn off is well hidden too, which is why it is such a challenge to exit onto the main road (I say main, but it is a B road) since there are bends in both directions!

  8. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    Love the way the 40 Sign is disappearing into the hedge

    1. Heyjude says:

      I must admit I hadn’t seen that sign, it seems in an odd place for the main road and definitely doesn’t apply to our little track.

      1. Murtagh's Meadow says:


  9. restlessjo says:

    Jewel colours, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, it is still pretty colourful around here.

  10. Ann Mackay says:

    Wow, that is a fantastic size for fuchsias – must be a delightful sight. The hydrangeas are lovely too, especially the pale petals with the crimson markings. They’re so pretty!

    1. Heyjude says:

      The fuchsias are even more impressive in real life, I can’t capture them properly with the camera. When I stop at the end of the lane to turn onto the road I can’t stop gawping at them, they are so heavily laden in flowers.

      1. Ann Mackay says:

        I would be transfixed by them! I love the way they keep flowering when everything else is giving up.

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