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…

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…

cornwall in colours: red

West Pentire Poppies and Barn After a week of hesitation about when to visit West Pentire to see the poppy fields, yesterday seemed the best day to go. Although the sky was cloudy and threatening rain it was much bluer towards the coast. Whether the poppies would be in flower was an altogether different question.

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,…

Can you ever have too many Camellias?

Cornish gardens are notorious in early spring for their abundance of Camellias, Magnolias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons.  And this year I am trying to visit as many as possible. In addition to the exercise we get by walking the miles of footpaths, I get to indulge my passion for flowers and my love of photography. Trengwainton…

Summertime Memories

I am sitting on a wooden slatted bench complete with lichens; in the shade today as it is 26.5°C and that’s warm for Cornwall. The wind is sloughing through the trees above and opposite me, pigeons cooing. I have a book with me for a change and I will read in a moment or two, but…

Garden View: Trelissick

We popped over to Trelissick Gardens on a bright autumnal day towards the end of October aiming for a walk down to the beach and around the woodland to enter the garden near to the King Harry ferry crossing. Except when we arrived there was a notice informing us that the ferry  garden entrance was…

Garden View: Trengwainton

Trengwainton is my closest National Trust garden, though St Michael’s Mount and Godolphin are pretty close too. They are all very different gardens and I try to visit each one a couple of times a year, usually spring and autumn. Summer is best avoided, especially St Michael’s Mount which attracts a lot of coaches. Trengwainton…

Six on Saturday | Scarecrows

A very different Six on Saturday today.  A week or so ago I visited the Trengwainton Gardens near Penzance mainly to have a look at the wonderful Scarecrow exhibition in the Walled garden. They hold it every year and with a different theme each time and this year’s theme of Inspirational Women commemorates 100 years since…