a royal perspective

Clematis ‘Prince Charles’. A member of the royal family grown in my garden. (His daughter-in-law ‘Princess Kate’ is the other one). It looks similar and is in the same group as ‘Perle d’Azur’, but doesn’t get as gangly, nor does it succumb to mildew. Raised in New Zealand, Clematis ‘Prince Charles‘ produces masses of mauve-blue flowers…

temptation

a white-tailed bumblebee heading for delights, though her pollen basket already looks quite full. July Squares | Perspective

Six on Saturday | Courtyard Views

For a change this week we are going to have a look at what is happening in the north-facing courtyard garden which gets very little in the way of direct sunlight though at this time of the year a little does appear in the early morning and mid afternoon! Our little house is tucked away…

cornwall in colours: green or blue?

Puya chilensis (Sheep eating plant) is in the Bromeliaceae family and has striking stiff leathery mid-green leaves of up to 3 feet in length with spines. The trumpet-shaped yellow or green flowers grow on a tall spike. The flower spikes are up to 2m tall. Growth is slow and spread by offsets. I was astonished…

Boris

I thought it was time to have another look at this wonderful gingery beast that I met shortly after moving to Cornwall. Then the cattle in the farmyard and fields took some getting used to, the noise, the smell. But we did and now I rarely notice them. Though I do keep clear of the…

Six on Saturday | 5 flowers and IT

Another week of cloud and drizzle and wind. The grass has been too wet to cut however between downpours I have pulled out several Borage plants that were taking over the raised bed, one with a stem as wide as my arm! And hundreds of seedlings. Be warned, once you sow Borage you will never…

Queen Anne’s Lace

Daucus carota, whose common names include wild carrot, bird’s nest, bishop’s lace, and Queen Anne’s lace (North America), is a flowering plant in the family Apiaceae, (the ‘umbellifer’ family – such as the highly poisonous hemlock and the commonly seen cow parsley) with white flowers and feathery leaves. It is a dainty frothy wild flower often with…

Six on Saturday | Raining. Again

After a lovely month of warm and dry and sunny weather in May and some sunshine and showers in June, July has started off dull and wet and windy, though not particularly cold. Still not the weather to get out in the garden although after four days away I certainly needed to do some work….

Meadow Brown

The medium-sized meadow brown (Maniola jurtina) is one of the commonest grassland butterflies, on the wing in the summer from June to September.  It even flies in dull weather when other butterflies are inactive. Which may explain why I saw this chappie in the garden on Wednesday. July Squares | Perspective

Catchlight

A “catchlight” is simply the highlight of a light source reflected off the surface of the eye. This highlight adds depth and dimension to the eye, and gives the eyes life in a portrait or snapshot. Even the smallest spark can make all of the difference when it comes to bringing energy and dynamism to…