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…

Finding Magic

“Finding Trewyn Studio was a sort of magic’, wrote Barbara Hepworth. “Here was a studio, a yard and garden where I could work in open air and space.” We had to go into St Ives in May as I had an appointment with the GP about my sciatica. We hummed and hawed as to whether…

the turn of the rhodies

We returned to Trengwainton Gardens on 16 April in the glorious spring sunshine that even Cornwall was experiencing. Although we expected it to be busy due to the Easter holidays we were hoping that most people would head for the beaches. Having outlined the walk we usually do in my last post on this garden,…

Trelissick Garden in Spring

Following on from our Woodland walk in the Trelissick estate we entered the garden. Although the sun was beginning to fade again behind the hazy clouds and the wind becoming increasingly chilly, we enjoyed a quick walk around the top part of the gardens taking in the wonderful spring blooms that are currently in flower,…