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,…

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…

Six on Saturday | April Showers

It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade. Charles Dickens The above quote could well be true of the weather this week, with sunshine and a lot of windy weather thrown in. But the…

Six on Saturday | April arrives

Looking back at early April 2020 I was surprised to see so many tulips in flower. And at the beginning of this week I only had my new species tulips in bloom. By the end of the week though all had changed. But I shall leave the tulips for the moment and have a look…

Six on Saturday | Blues and Yellows

It has been a lovely week here in the south-west. A little bit hazy at times and temperatures only reaching a high of 12°C but this is Cornwall and it has been dry. So dry in fact that I have had to water some of my spring bulb containers! A little more tidying up has…

Six on Saturday | Spring is marching on

Hard to choose just six this week as there is so much to choose from. With the help of a lot of bright sunshine this week more and more spring bulbs and flowers are popping up. And it has been a pleasure to spend time in the garden with the sun on my back whilst…

Six on Saturday | March Bulbs

Looking at photos from two years ago it seems that my spring bulbs are later to come into flower this year. Of course that might be purely because I was slow in planting them in the autumn – I just couldn’t work up the enthusiasm. Of course when you see the little beauties emerging from…

Six on Saturday | Hellebores

Hellebores are plants that seem to do OK in this garden. Tough leaves mean that they rarely get nibbled, and though the flowers can suffer from excessive gales they usually bounce back. Bonuses are that they are among the earliest flowering plants of the year and they continue for months. Some of the loveliest flowers…

Six on Saturday | 2022 begins (a little late)

After a few months rest from the garden, I am back again. The dreary winter months have been spent contemplating what to do this year. After 6 years of tweaking this little patch of mine, I am bored. It’s not that the planting doesn’t bring me pleasure, but that it’s not particularly cohesive. I had…

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…