festival of spring #10

A flower that is quite common around Cornwall and  the Isles of Scilly is the Gladiolus communis subsp. Byzantium better known as ‘Whistling Jack’ or the ‘Sword lily’. It is a relic of the Scilly bulb fields and is extensively naturalised where there is little frost. It flowers from May to July. You can buy bulbs for…

festival of spring #9

Introduced into gardens before the 1600s, this plant from the Mediterranean soon escaped and became naturalised in the wild. Despite its non-native status, it is a good source of nectar from May to October for bees, butterflies and moths like the Hummingbird Hawk-moth. This is Centranthus ruber var. coccineus. Often known as the red valerian,…

festival of spring #8

May in England means one thing above all else. Frothy white country lanes. Suddenly they erupt with the white umbelifers of cow parsley / Anthriscus sylvestris. The umbrella-like clusters of white flowers are a familiar sight along the lanes of Cornwall and one of the prettiest is where I live, on the way to Wheal…

festival of spring #7

Bluebells English, of course… I am going to join in with Dawn’s Festival of Spring which will last for 10 -12 weeks in celebration of this season.

festival of spring #5

The first of many of my tulips this year – these go back to being planted in 2016 and are Tulipa ‘Whittallii’ a bulbous perennial, to 30cm tall, bearing cup-shaped flowers in spring. Pointed, burnt orange to reddish petals are pale yellow on the outside and have a blackish-olive blotch at the base of each…

festival of spring #4

April so far has a been one day warm sunshine and showers, the next frigid winds and mizzle. But the spring flowers still continuing to dazzle us with their beauty. This week something else from my own garden, I am going to join in with Dawn’s Festival of Spring which will last for 10 -12…

festival of spring #3

Although these Muscari (Grape hyacinths) have appeared in my Six on Saturday a few times already, they are proving to be a true delight this year, flowering their little socks off for weeks on end. So before they fade away I thought I would give them one more chance to shine. (The header image is…

festival of spring #2

Tulips make me happy. Although I have learned to love other spring bulbs over the last six years I still look forward to the time when my tulips open. These though are not mine. They were flowering in the Mediterranean biome at the Eden Project when I visited at the end of March. Definitely my…

cornwall in colours: green

  I am going to join in with Dawn’s Festival of Spring which will last for 10 -12 weeks in celebration of this season.