Six on Saturday | Pollinator Plants

Last year I cleared out a patch of my garden which is next to the patio. I have wondered if a pond used to be here as the plants growing there were all bog garden / pondside plants – Filipendula ulmaria / meadowsweet, Mentha aquatica / water mint, Iris pseudacorus / yellow flag, Japanese anemones…

Six on Saturday | Herb Bed

Time for another look at the raised herb bed at the back of the garden. Things seem to have got a bit out of hand this year after a very slow start and there will be some serious culling after they have finished flowering. (1) Not all the plants in this bed are actual herbs….

Six on Saturday | Yellow and Purple

It’s been a wet and windy week so work has stopped on the new gravelled area, though turf has been removed. And I have been considering a few more changes. Towards the back of the garden in the raised beds area there is a lot of yellow and purple, which made me look around my…

Six on Saturday | July Jewels

I don’t feel like I have done anything in the garden this week except for endless weeding. How DO you get rid of bindweed? I have got more pebbles and cobbles and finally found the energy to finish removing the turf yesterday. I’ll leave it a few days to settle and then get the plants…

Six on Saturday | Gravel Garden Part 3

Another odd sort of week with sunshine and fog and varying temperatures! I have been working on the new section of the gravel garden, planting some new plants and emptying all my spring bulb containers. That was a horrid job and nearly every container had a mass of slugs hiding at the bottom. Most very…

Six on Saturday | Summer Roses

Elsewhere in the UK people have been enjoying a heatwave this week. We Cornish folk are happy just to see the sun! At least all the bigwigs have left taking their gas-guzzling blacked-out SUVs with them, the helicopters, the jets and the hundreds of police vehicles. The carbon footprint of this event must have exceeded…

Six on Saturday | More Geraniums

Hardy geraniums that is. Not pelargoniums, even though I still see them labelled as such in supermarkets and garden centres (and nurseries who should know better). I have bought some of the bedding ones to fill a pot or two, but hardy geraniums are the ones you plant into the ground and they (should) come…

Six on Saturday | Summertime

and the livin’ is easy… Back in Cornwall for this week’s six and after a week away in nearby Somerset most of my week has been spent in the garden, weeding and pulling out the FMNs, visiting a nursery for compost for the tomatoes and peppers, and potting up some summer annuals. The weather has…

herbaceous borders

A herbaceous border is a collection of perennial herbaceous plants arranged closely together, usually to create a dramatic effect through colour, shape or large scale. The head gardener here obviously knows his stuff as these borders are jam-packed with plants and brilliantly choreographed. Lanhydrock is one of my favourite gardens in the spring as their…

a tapestry of colours

Usually the summer months find us close to home, but because this year we have been close to home since March, we have taken the opportunity to visit one or two gardens as they have opened. Having to book a slot means the numbers are down and anyway most folk coming to Cornwall in the…