Six on Saturday | May Day

This week is all about ferns. I have a lot of ferns in my garden, they self-seed (if that is a word you can use about ferns) along the rockery walls and in the edges of steps. Apart from the Hart’s Tongue fern and the ones I bought last year to plant in containers along…

The George V Walk in Lockdown

During April most of my walks have been confined to the lanes around my home or up on ‘my’ hill (the one you can see in the background of the header photo and yes, that is how high up our house is). I have been doing my shopping at a small Tesco supermarket not too…

cornwall in colours: white

After my experiment a couple of summers ago with a white bed I decided last autumn to trial some white spring flowers in this bed. So I chose some white Narcissi, white Tulips, white Chionodoxa (Glory in the snow), some mixed blue and white Muscari and white Crocuses (Snowbunting). The crocuses ended up in the…

Six on Saturday | April Flowers

Friday was misty and remained so all day despite the sun trying to burn it off. But the duller day helped me take some photos of flowers that had proved difficult to capture in the brightness. As April wends it way to the end, it has to be said that this must be the most…

cornwall in colours: copper

Some of my favourite tulips bought over recent years have been those with coppery tones – burnt orange, burnished copper, sunset colours. Ballerina, below, is probably my favourite. A tall, elegant lily-flowered tulip with a citrus fragrance. And one that regularly comes back year after year. I bought another 10 bulbs for this year and…

wild landscapes

Apiaceae (formerly Umbelliferae) – wildflowers of the Carrot family Smyrnium olusatrum is a hairless biennial umbellifer growing to a height of 1.5m. The yellowish-green glossy leaves are divided and bluntly toothed. Young stems are solid but become hollow when old; the upper branches are usually opposite. Alexanders grows wild in most coastal parts of Britain…

The Lanes in April

Since the ‘step back from society’ took place in mid March I have been confined to exploring the area around my home. Places that I have explored in detail many, many times before and in 2018 I recorded the changes of nature throughout the entire year. So I feel as though I know these lanes…

Six on Saturday | April Showers

(Please check your Spam folders as I still seem to be disappearing down a rabbit hole on some blogs that I regularly comment on) Well it is my two year anniversary as part of the Prop’s merry band. How different things are today than there were then. Plans and plants put on hold for now,…

wild landscapes

The Lesser celandine (Ficaria verna) is a cheerful sight in the bottom of the Cornish hedges right now. It has tiny kidney-shaped leaves and the shining buttercup yellow faces are a good source of early pollen and nectar for pollinating insects. Considered a weed, they are not too invasive and it has the odd habit…

cornwall in colours: golden yellow

More tulips I’m afraid. Along with some other yellows in my garden at the moment. I wasn’t sure about these pure yellow lily-flowered tulips when I first saw them opening, but they have definitely grown on me. Their star-shape flower when fully open in the sun is striking. When the sun shines through the tulips…