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…

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…

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…

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…

cornwall in colours

At the end of last summer I bought a fairly large zinc planter, the aim of which was to plant orange begonias in for the shady courtyard in summer. Meanwhile I filled it with spring bulbs. First it was full of the lovely dark purple Iris reticulata ‘Dijt’, followed by a few random narcissus from…

cornwall in colours: orange

Tulipa ‘Orange Emperor’¬† are old bulbs which I planted in the raised herb bed in 2016. They were gorgeous in spring 2017, but only a few appear each spring since. This year I have five lovely flowers in one clump, but only one flower and several leaves in another. Tulipa “Orange Emperor” – March 23…

Blue Winter

Winter uses all the blues there are. One shade of blue for water, one for ice, Another blue for shadows over snow. The clear or cloudy sky uses blue twice – Both different blues. And hills row after row Are colored blue according to how far. You know the blue-jay’s double-blur device Show’s best when…

cornwall in colours

A short stroll along a harbour quay, cautiously peering into moored fishing boats¬† (there are no railings to prevent you from falling into the water) provides a photo opportunity for capturing the colours of Cornwall. Even on a dull November day, there are glimpses of cheerful bright colours to warm the soul. Not the fingers…