My Muse

A few years ago, when we first moved to Cornwall, this lighthouse captured my imagination and I loved visiting the area to photograph it. Sadly this year my only views have been from afar, close to home. In early spring when it is usually quiet(ish) in Cornwall we were told not to venture far from…

Wordless Wednesday

Time to join in once again with Dawn’s annual “Festival of Leaves” autumn challenge where we look at the beauty of this season.

Autumn Equinox

Yesterday was such a lovely day. Sunny from midday. Calm and no clouds. Hazy sunshine along the coast. But the thing that made the most impression on me was the size of the sun as it began its descent. It was enormous and the colour was deep orange casting dark golden shadows into the house….

Six on Saturday | September Borders

Another lovely week, with the exception of Wednesday when the fog remained stubbornly over the north coast of Cornwall, has meant lots of time in the garden. A quick visit to the local garden centre to buy some compost and a flexible bucket with the thought of buying some wallflowers and possibly a plant or…

Six on Saturday | September Joy

This week the weather on Monday and Tuesday turned out lovely, despite cloud coming and going. I should have popped down to the beach, but the garden called. So much to tidy up at this time of year. (1) A gardener’s lament. Bessara elegans: Type: Tender Perennial Corm. Common Name: Coral Drops. These tiny corms…

herbaceous borders

A herbaceous border is a collection of perennial herbaceous plants arranged closely together, usually to create a dramatic effect through colour, shape or large scale. The head gardener here obviously knows his stuff as these borders are jam-packed with plants and brilliantly choreographed. Lanhydrock is one of my favourite gardens in the spring as their…

butterfly art

Butterflies in my garden this year have been few and far between and mainly Large or Small Whites. Recently I spotted a Red Admiral and a Small Tortoiseshell, but not a single Painted Lady nor any Small Coppers. It’s been a relatively warm summer here in Cornwall, with none of the excessive heat found elsewhere…

Six on Saturday | September’s a Charm

A funny old week weather-wise. Some sunshine, some cloud, some rain. And for me a surge in energy that has been lacking for several weeks now. Reading about gardens on the blogs and in magazines I was reminded of the fact that you shouldn’t have anything in your garden that you don’t love. Especially when…

a tapestry of colours

Usually the summer months find us close to home, but because this year we have been close to home since March, we have taken the opportunity to visit one or two gardens as they have opened. Having to book a slot means the numbers are down and anyway most folk coming to Cornwall in the…