Six on Saturday | Hello September!

Last year my first September post featured the Japanese anemones, cyclamen and my flowering Amarine. Nothing to see from the Amarine pot this year, but I’m not losing hope just yet! Having had to stop any further work in the garden due to injuring my back last week (plus the garden waste bin is full)…

Six on Saturday | last of the summer

Normal August weather resumed this week – lovely Cornish rain! Though to be fair most of it fell in the early hours with the rest of the days being hung over with glowering clouds and muggy air. I’ve been doing a lot of cutting back/chopping down this week and it was hard work in the…

Six on Saturday | Naturalistic Planting

I am a great admirer of naturalistic planting design which relies on the contrast in plant shapes and textures,  rather than on colour, to look good all year round. Mingling perennials and ornamental grasses should hopefully create a low maintenance garden. My ‘Gravel Garden’ is the closest I can come to a similar design, on…

Six on Saturday | Shadow Portraits

It’s been a bright and beautiful week here in west Cornwall with the light so clear it is understandable why artists are attracted to this region. I decided to do some artistic images of my own this week and went looking for suitable candidates where there was sufficient light and shadow to highlight their beauty….

Six on Saturday | Welcome the Bs

I have been wondering where all the bees and butterflies have been this year as there has been little to see in my garden. However, this week things have improved and the Bee and Butterfly bed has rightly deserved its name. The late flowering Lobelia and Phlox have joined in with the party now. Bees…

Six on Saturday | Sunshiny Days

I’ve looked at whites and pinks recently so I thought I would end the month with the colour I am least fond of in the summer garden – yellow. I also have orange and peach which I do like. These pops of colour contrast nicely with all the blues and purples I have around. Calendula…

Six on Saturday | Pretty in Pink

For someone who doesn’t particularly like the colour pink (and never wears it) I seem to have a lot of it in my garden. Some intentional, some not. This week please join me for a look at some of my pinks around the garden. Above (header in the Cornish hedge) and below is Erigeron glaucus…

Six on Saturday | What a scorcher!

At the beginning of the month I was complaining about how unsummery the weather had been with damp days and cloud, well what a turnaround this week! Even here in the far south-west which rarely sees temperatures above the low 20°C it has been HOT. I imagine the beaches have been full despite it not…

Six on Saturday | Wimbledon Whites

I last did a post about the white flowers in my garden in 2018 when I had created my white bed. Things have moved on since then, but during this final week of Wimbledon I decided to have a look around the garden to see what whites were in flower. Common Yarrow / Achillea millefolium…

Six on Saturday | Call this Summer?

Wind, rain, sunshine, rainbows, temperatures ranging from 20°C to a mere 15°C – short sleeves, long sleeves. A true British summer. After cleaning up after the odd northerly wind which bent things back in ways they are not used to we then got the usual south-westerlies blowing through. Neither of which makes photographing flowers in…