Six on Saturday | May flowers

So, the first week of May and here in the northern hemisphere everything is turning green. That lovely fresh, bright green that only exists for a few weeks. Birds are singing and doing the things that birds do at this time of year; bees are buzzing around the garden; there are lots of things for…

Spring Bulb Wrap-up 2022

In the autumn of 2021 I purchased new bulbs for pots and replanted some of my older bulbs that I had previously had in containers, allowed to die down in the full sun and then stored in my conservatory for a couple of months – these were mainly narcissus and iris reticulata bulbs. Most of…

Six on Saturday | Spring Delights

I adore tulips. I have no idea why these flowers excite me so much – perhaps because there are so many varieties, so many colours, so many shapes, but I love having these in my garden (or on my balcony) during early spring. Sadly even the so-called late flowering types seem to arrive in April,…

Composition: Focus on Lines

During 2020 I ran a photography challenge over on my travel blog looking at different techniques throughout the year. I was not expecting that the year itself would prove to be a challenge in that the Covid-19 pandemic hit us and not only put paid to any travel plans, but also altered the way in…

festival of spring #5

The first of many of my tulips this year – these go back to being planted in 2016 and are Tulipa ‘Whittallii’ a bulbous perennial, to 30cm tall, bearing cup-shaped flowers in spring. Pointed, burnt orange to reddish petals are pale yellow on the outside and have a blackish-olive blotch at the base of each…

Six on Saturday | In the Pink

After a week away I was shocked to see how much had grown. Nearly all my tulips are in flower and all the Muscari and Narcissi are over. Cooler weather in Cornwall, but that doesn’t appear to have slowed the growth. So another Saturday and another Six. (NB in case you are confused by the…

Earth Day

Earth Day 2022 theme is “Invest In Our Planet”. But what can we as individuals do? Greener energy like heat source pumps and solar panels, insulating our homes better, driving electric cars are all good ideas, but come at a cost that many people cannot afford. I’d use public transport more, but living in a…

festival of spring #4

April so far has a been one day warm sunshine and showers, the next frigid winds and mizzle. But the spring flowers still continuing to dazzle us with their beauty. This week something else from my own garden, I am going to join in with Dawn’s Festival of Spring which will last for 10 -12…