Six on Saturday | 22 May

I had two sets of new arrivals this week. Some are perennials for the extended gravel garden, others are annuals for patio pots and some tomato, aubergine and sweet pepper plugs. It’s not been the best of weeks for planting things outdoors with wind and rain and now gales, (nor ideal for photographs, hence the…

Six on Saturday | Mid-May Edition

A rather damp week with temperatures still below what they should be at this time of year. My tulips have all gone over as have the narcissi, with one exception. Lots of things coming into bud though, including roses and clematis and lupins and alliums. One or two (or six) things caught my eye though,…

Six on Saturday | White Flowers in May

Thought I would have a quick walk around the garden this week just to check on how things were going after the horrible storm on Monday. The wind kept up on Tuesday too, followed by rain on Wednesday and Thursday morning. But at least it meant I didn’t have to water the garden. The golden…

Another Monday Spring Walk

To be truthful this was on a Saturday as this particular garden isn’t open on Mondays. Despite the cold wind blowing down from the Arctic the sun was shining as I headed to the Helford River and Glendurgan Gardens. And yes we’ve been here before. And in Rhododendron time, but I know how much Jo…

Spring Bulb Wrap-up | 2021

The spring garden has always been my favourite. It’s the time that after a long winter, usually grey and persistently wet and stormy here in England, that the garden begins to come alive again and persuades me to pop out and have a walk around, often doing five minutes weeding as I look for things…

Six on Saturday | April Blues

April has been a funny ole month – a northerly cold wind blew throughout most of the early days with some wintry showers thrown into the mix, but most days have been sunny and dry, although temperatures barely reaching double figures and down to 0°C at night, but fortunately no frosts here. I have managed…

A Monday Spring Walk

Making the most of the spring sunshine and dry weather this April we popped over to Trelissick last Monday. Still having to book a slot means that you can’t just visit a garden on a whim. The morning began with a somewhat showery day and a bitterly cold northerly wind, but we decided to go…

cornwall in colours: green

As we approach mid-April  the signs of spring are all around us in the UK. Unusually for April there is a shortage of showers and an abundance of blue skies though the temperatures barely reach double figures during the day and a bitterly cold northerly wind has made its presence known. Still, wrap up warm…

Easter Monday Magnolia Walk

Sunny and warm weather last week enticed us to visit Lanhydrock, surely the most beautiful garden for magnificent magnolias? From the whitest of white M. stellata ‘Donna’ to the giant voluptuous deep purple goblets of M. ‘Apollo’, there are blooms with all shades in between. As with most National Trust gardens you have to pre-book…

Six on Saturday | Future Plans

After last month’s post I was left pondering about what, if anything, I would like to change about my garden. What I’d really like is to get a garden design team in and landscape it as a Japanese garden – it’s definitely wet enough to grow ferns and mosses! And after the first mow of…