Pelargoniums (3)

Pelargoniums have been a favourite of mine for many years beginning from when I lived in Cape Town, South Africa, back in 1980 and grew the regal variety outdoors. At the time my then husband and I collected the ones known as ‘slams’ in different colours. Since moving to Cornwall I have bought several new…

Six on Saturday | Annual Round-up 2021

Once more we are reaching  the end of October and the end of BST and my least favourite time of the year. I just hate the short days and lack of light. Time once more to analyse what went well and what can be deemed a failure in the garden this year so I can…

Six on Saturday | Reasons to be Cheerful

Torrential rain, thunder and lightning and gales kept me out of the garden at the beginning of the week, but on Thursday the sun shone again and the sky was blue though the temperature had dropped 6 degrees from a mild 17.5°C to a mere 11°C. Only one more week of BST to enjoy before…

Six on Saturday | Autumn Colours

October is a month that is probably one of the busiest in the garden. Possibly the last chance to get into the garden and work before the weather turns. Summer bedding to clear; perennials to cut back unless they have pretty seed-heads which doesn’t happen in Cornwall, they just turn to mush; changes to be…

Six on Saturday | Sunshine and Showers

It has been another strange week, beginning on Monday which was my birthday. The weather was rather gloomy and cloudy, but we headed off to a beach café anyway for lunch during which the cloud cleared, the sun came out and bright blue skies appeared! The rest of the week was pretty much the same,…

Six on Saturday | autumn has arrived

Well autumn has certainly arrived this week after some pretty good September weather the wind and rain have returned. Just as I was about to commence bulb planting! Fortunately it was dry and sunny on Wednesday so I managed to get some done then. More bulbs arrived yesterday (that I had forgotten ordering) so hope…

Six on Saturday | life in the garden

Out in the garden at the beginning of the week in the sunshine I was happy to see more honey bees, bumblebees, and other pollinators enjoying the nectar on several plants which are still in flower. Apart from #1 all the images this week were all taken with my macro lens. It’s not often that…

Six on Saturday | September Blooms

It’s an exciting time of the year. Spring bulbs are starting to arrive. On the list this year are new varieties of Muscari (Night Eyes and Mount Hood) some of which are destined for an urn at the bottom of the garden, Anemones (St Brigid and Hollandia), species tulips (Persian Pearl and Sylvestris which are…

Rosa Graham Thomas

Bears medium-sized, cupped blooms of an unusually rich, pure yellow. There is a light Tea fragrance, with a cool violet character. It forms a bushy, upright and vigorous shrub, with attractive, smooth green foliage. David Austin, 1983. As the flower ages it fades to a pale lemon yellow then almost white.