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…

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…

A Romantic Garden

I wasn’t expecting to see very much on a visit to the Godolphin estate at the beginning of August. Many of the NT gardens have been closed since lockdown and staff, many voluntary, laid off so a lot of the planting that usually takes place and the regular maintenance of the gardens have not been…

from Chaos comes Beauty

On Monday we had the first dry day in over a month. A whole day of blue sky and sunshine. It was even quite warm in the sun, although the temperature only reached 11°C, but the wind was light and that made a big difference. On Monday came the news that we shouldn’t socialise any…

Six on Saturday | Scarecrows

It’s September and almost the autumn equinox – which means days are growing shorter, sunsets are getting brighter and it is time for another visit to the Trengwainton Gardens near Penzance to see this year’s wonderful Scarecrow exhibition in the walled garden. They hold it every year and with a different theme each time and…

Heligan’s Sundial Garden

“In the 1896 edition of The Gardener’s Chronicle, this garden was noted to have ‘the finest herbaceous border in Britain’. In summer, its borders are once again bursting with heritage blooms and are a haven for an array of bees and butterflies.”  [source: Heligan website] The Sundial Garden is a secluded walled garden with wide…

Heligan

It’s not a quick drive to these gardens as they are on the south coast and the other side of Truro from me, but one I thought I might do more often than I have. Living in the far west, almost at the end of Cornwall’s major road the A30, means anywhere eastwards is a…

Trelissick Garden in Summer

No need for directions, we’ve been here many times before, so simply enjoy a pictorial summer stroll through this lovely garden with me on a sunny and warm afternoon in August. Plenty of late flowering summer perennials including a lovely yellow Helenium, Dahlia (Trelissick Purple), Helianthus, Japanese Anemones, Daylilies, Persicaria ‘Red Dragon‘ and a pretty…

A Summer Garden

Godolphin Garden is an easy drive away for me and we often pop down there for a walk when doing the supermarket or library run. I know, life is so exciting once you have retired! There are many reasons for liking this garden which I have spoken about before. The lack of crowds, the feeling…

tremenheere trees

Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens is an unusual Cornish garden because there is no big house. Prior to 1295 the land was owned by the monks of St Michael’s Mount and then bought as a tenant farm by Michael De Tremenheere. Since then the land has been used as a vineyard and also to grow strawberries. The…