Under the Sun

Whilst most of the UK, well the south-east, has been baking under the sun for the past week, here in the far south-west where we are practically surrounded by water, things haven’t been quite the same. For two days last week it was mizzle all day, grey and wet. Then on Friday the sun appeared….

Hayle: Isis Garden

The garden is dedicated to the RNLI and named after the first lifeboat, Isis, which was given by the University of Oxford and named after the River Isis. It was a rowing boat, which was in service for 21 years, during which it went to the aid of 11 ships and saved 51 people. There…

Drumsticks

Another plant growing in the Bee & Butterfly bed that the white-tailed bumblebees enjoy is Allium Sphaerocephalon. These unique flowers open green, then start to turn a purple/crimson colour from the top, creating unusual two-tone drumstick flower heads. Unlike the larger alliums which flower in May/June  these flower later in the year around July/August. I…

Six on Saturday | The Woodland Border in August

The Woodland Border runs alongside the next door barn and faces north west so is very shady. In fact during the winter months when the sun is so low it never receives any direct sunlight. At this time of year though parts of it are in the early morning and the late afternoon/evening sun. The…

Summer on the Hill

Having to stay close to home during the last five months I have been grateful that I have a garden to tend and countryside in which to walk. I am lucky in that I live a mere five minutes walk from one of the most beautiful viewpoints in the whole of Cornwall. The ancient Iron-Age…

Lollipop Love

Verbena bonariensis with its tall, narrow, sparsely-leafed stems on top of which flattened heads of bright lavender-purple flowers appear in late-summer can grow to 6 ft (180 cm) tall and can spread to 3 ft (90 cm) wide. This is Verbena ‘Lollipop’ which is a dwarf cultivar and grows at half the height, although mine…

last photo

Brian (aka Bushboy) is running a monthly challenge where he asks you to post the last photo on your SD card. The rules are simple: 1. Post the last photo on your SD card or last photo on your phone for the 31st July. 2. No editing – who cares if it is out of…

Six on Saturday | August Already

Whoa! This year is beginning to fly through. I rather liked it when everything was slowed down. August can be a funny month – akin to April in the number of daylight hours although classed as summer it can often be disappointingly cool and rainy. I hope not. (1) This is a reminder to all…

rainbows

The last day for Becky’s July squares looking at ‘perspectives’. I haven’t joined in every day this month. My sense of perspective on life has changed a lot recently, as it has for many of us I think, with the confusing messages concerning how we can safely live our lives. I recently spotted this pretty…