Six on Saturday | Call this Summer?

Wind, rain, sunshine, rainbows, temperatures ranging from 20°C to a mere 15°C – short sleeves, long sleeves. A true British summer. After cleaning up after the odd northerly wind which bent things back in ways they are not used to we then got the usual south-westerlies blowing through. Neither of which makes photographing flowers in…

Six on Saturday | Colours of Midsummer

The summer solstice in the northern hemisphere occurred on 21st June at 5:14 am but Midsummers Day was yesterday the 24th June, a day that’s meant for us to appreciate all the gifts that nature gives us. So let’s do that: 1 Hardy Geranium ‘Orion’is a seedling from Geranium Brookside, it bears large flowers that are…

Six on Saturday | Sunshine

After a cold and wet start to summer this week has by contrast been warm and dry – in some parts of the country even hot, but Cornwall doesn’t really do hot, though in this clear and unpolluted region even 19°C feels hot enough for me. I thought that this week I’d have a wander…

Six on Saturday | Dappled Shade

My newest border is the Dappled Shade one which was created a couple of years ago by removing a piece of lawn to join the areas beneath my two trees. This bed gets some morning sun and then afternoon and evening sun from the other side. The bed is shaded by the Twisted/Contorted Hazel and the…

Six on Saturday | here comes summer

A quick one from me today as I think I have fallen to the dreaded Covid after returning from a short trip to Devon. Headache, runny nose, sore throat and a painful cough means sitting in front of a screen is not advisable. I shall be returning to my sick bed any minute now. However,…

Six on Saturday | In the Shade

Long-standing readers of this blog will know by now that I don’t have a proper front garden to my property. We are in a courtyard shared with four other neighbours and the only outside space is a granite ledge and steps to the front door. To make matters worse it is north-facing so receives no…

Six on Saturday | What heat wave?

Whilst the rest of the UK – well the south east anyway – reached the highest temperature of the year so far here in the far west of the south-west it has been a challenging week at best. Torrential rain, wind, muggy mid-teen temperatures and some sunshine. At least it meant I could get my…

Six on Saturday | Mid-May 2022

Mid May already! We are almost half way through this year and it feels to be going altogether far too fast for me. Things are popping up in the garden quicker than I have time to notice, including cleavers and bindweed! Until Wednesday we hadn’t had a lot of rain or wind here in the…

Six on Saturday | May flowers

So, the first week of May and here in the northern hemisphere everything is turning green. That lovely fresh, bright green that only exists for a few weeks. Birds are singing and doing the things that birds do at this time of year; bees are buzzing around the garden; there are lots of things for…

Spring Bulb Wrap-up 2022

In the autumn of 2021 I purchased new bulbs for pots and replanted some of my older bulbs that I had previously had in containers, allowed to die down in the full sun and then stored in my conservatory for a couple of months – these were mainly narcissus and iris reticulata bulbs. Most of…