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…

Six on Saturday | New Shady Border

Last autumn I got rid of a bit of unnecessary lawn that was mainly used as a path through from the lawn to the raised bed area (herb bed and what was going to be a veggie bed) and extended a semi-shady area of the garden under my two main trees – the twisted hazel…

Six on Saturday | Bright and Beautiful

People often complain that by August their gardens are looking rather dry and dusty with the best of the planting going over. Many compensate for that by growing autumn flowering perennials and annuals like Heleniums and Rudbeckias and Asters (or whatever guise they go under nowadays). I had some of those last year, but not…

A Romantic Garden

I wasn’t expecting to see very much on a visit to the Godolphin estate at the beginning of August. Many of the NT gardens have been closed since lockdown and staff, many voluntary, laid off so a lot of the planting that usually takes place and the regular maintenance of the gardens have not been…

Six on Saturday | A Cornish Hedge

The typical Cornish hedge is a stone-faced earth hedgebank with bushes or trees growing along the top. It is called a “hedge”, never a “hedgerow” or “wall”. As readers will know if they follow my posts, a Cornish hedge is never called a wall or a hedgerow, despite the fact that it is built from stone blocks…

Under the Sun

Whilst most of the UK, well the south-east, has been baking under the sun for the past week, here in the far south-west where we are practically surrounded by water, things haven’t been quite the same. For two days last week it was mizzle all day, grey and wet. Then on Friday the sun appeared….