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The ONLY good thing about lockdown is that we have more time to spend in our own gardens. My weeds are shaking in their roots ever time I walk past as they know that this year, they will not escape scrutiny!

So why not visit each other others' gardens, virtually speaking of course? E-mail me your photos and some blurb and I will display them on this new page on the website.

Update of 9th May: from now on when you open up this page, you will see the most recent entries first. This will save you having to scroll down the page to see them. This said, if this is your first visit to the page, please do scroll down to see all entries submitted.

Enjoy your virtual garden safari!

Theme for September/October:  autumn in my garden

Autumn colours and bunches of bananas in Sandra Marten's garden

Lin Briggs' garden in Lerryn
Pastels colours still in full force in Jenny MacDonald's garden

Credit:  Sue Daw

Kate Allen writes:

Attached the last few bits of colour in the garden before I start pruning & digging up. The cosmos were self-set from last year and have been very prolific - and still hanging in there! The clematis is an evergreen with masses of yellow flowers which give these stunning seed heads.


Credit for 3 photos Sandra Marten.

Top left: spindle tree or euonymus europaeus, has gorgeous pink heart shaped fruit with a bright orange seed inside.

Top right: magnolia seed pod with bright orange head like seeds inside

Credit:  Delia Wallace


Credit:  Annie Singer

Two of the three vegetables patches have been weeded and covered up to stop the weeds growing and keep the ground warm.  The acer will soon be a deep red colour.  I was afraid that my parsnips were all leaf and no root!!!  Shame there was no Produce Show in the village this year!


Theme of the week of 7th September:  pastel colours

Credit:  Kate Allen Credit:  Kate Allen
Credit:  Kate Allen Credit:  Kate Allen
Credit:  Kate Allen Credit:  Kate Allen
Credit:  Kate Allen Credit:  Kate Allen
Credit:  Kate Allen Credit:  Kate Allen
Credit:  Kate Allen Credit:  Kate Allen
Credit:  Sue Daw Credit:  Sue Daw 
Credit:  Sue Daw Credit:  Sue Daw
Credit:  Sue Daw Credit:  Sue Daw
Credit:  Sue Daw Credit:  Sue Daw
Credit:  Brenda Mead Credit:  Annie Singer
Credit:  Annie Singer Credit:  Annie Singer
Credit:  Annie Singer Credit:  Annie Singer
Credit:  Annie Singer Credit:  Carol Williams


Theme of the week of 31st August:  fruit and vegetables

Credit:  Annie Singer Credit:  Sue Daw Credit:  Sue Daw Credit:  Sue Daw
Credit:  Sue Daw Credit:  Annie Singer Credit:  Annie Singer Credit:  Annie Singer
Credit:  Annie Singer Credit:  Annie Singer Credit:  Annie Singer  


Theme of the week of 24th August:  hot colours from the garden

Credit:  Kate Allen Credit:  Kate Allen Credit:  Kate Allen Credit:  Kate Allen
Credit:  Kate Allen Credit:  Kate Allen Credit:  Kate Allen Credit:  Kate Allen
Credit:  Lin Briggs Credit:  Lin Briggs Credit:  Lin Briggs Credit:  Lin Briggs
Credit:  Lin Briggs Credit:  Lin Briggs Credit:  Lin Briggs Credit:  Lin Briggs
Credit:  Lin Briggs Credit:  Lin Briggs Credit:  Chris Burrough Credit:  Sue Daw
Credit:  Sue Daw Credit:  Sue Daw Credit:  Sue Daw Credit:  Marion May
Credit:  Marion May Credit:  Brenda Mead Credit:  Brenda Mead Credit:  Brenda Mead
Credit:  Annie Singer  Credit:  Annie Singer  Credit:  Annie Singer  Credit:  Annie Singer
 Credit:  Annie Singer  Credit:  Annie Singer  Credit:  Annie Singer Credit:  Kate Allen


Sandra Marten's garden early August



Annie Singer's garden - late July



Annie Singer's garden - late June



Kate Allen's garden - late June

You can see how the sloping garden has started to fill in since the May photo. The others are just random shots around the house. I am particularly pleased with the greenhouse tomatoes as I grew them all from seed - first time I have been so successful, thanks to lockdown. The front gravelled garden was a rough overgrown grassy bank with an overgrown rockery of firs & heathers when we moved in. We have built a wall ,laid weed suppressant & covered with clippings before planting with shrubs & low maintenance plants. It has worked well apart from the neighbours sumac tree which keeps sending out runners all summer!



Sandra Marten's garden - late June


Carolyn Marshall's garden - early June

My garden photos show two vegetable patches, various flower areas, including one major planting mistake: I didn't realise  the iberis would grow so big!


Annie Singer's garden - mid to late May

I went to the Trelawney Garden Centre and bought 2 pots of those beautiful deep red geraniums to put either side of my front door.  This Scabious Flutterby Pink is by the small wildflower garden My allium bulbs did not flower this year so they had to be replaced Three nasturtium plants will flower, two red and one yellow which as you can see is already flowering and trailing. 
I have a globe artichokes bed which is gradually being turned into a herbaceous border as and when the artichokes plants do not survive the winter. I have just acquired 3 new plants for this border including this Anemone "Wild Swan"  This is Geum Mrs Bradshaw The third addition to the herbaceous border is Paeonia lactiflora "Karl Rosenfield". I do not know whether it will bloom this year.  It will produce large double red flowers early summer. The rockery is thriving in this sunny dry weather.  The new orange rockrose is doing very well.
"The lost flower bed of Penpol"!  It had totally disappeared behind an overgrown hedge and the small pink rosebush was overtaken by ivy and brambles.  A neighbour helped me restore it 2 years ago.  It was full of narcissi bulbs.  The rosebush is now contained to the back of the bed and I planted 3 hardy geraniums last year. This clematis normally start flowering in June but the first flower appeared mid May. This long flowerbed is now for wild flowers.  I sowed new seeds this year but the daisies are last year's.  In the back, you can see my huge water butt.  It ran dry the last week of May and with no rain forecast  in the foreseeable future, I decided to top it up with tap water.  The water meter was spinning! The three Hosta pots gradually hide the calor gas canisters.  I thought I had better take a photo before the slugs started feasting on the leaves!

Four rows of broad beans.  They are a dwarf variety, so I should not need to stake them.  My garden is high up and facing south west so when the wind blows, there is no protection!

Mange-tout are climbing up the netting and courgette plants growing well The new polytunnel has been a great success:  I have started eating my own lettuces.  Rows of beetroot and carrots have germinated well.  


Annie Singer's garden - early to mid May

My front door faces North East and I have found that begonias do well on my door step.  I chose a black pot for this red begonia as its leaves are dark green, almost black The flowers on my rockery pot are doing well.  I am pleased with the bright orange rockrose which I bought to replace the previous one which was struggling. The bank outside my side door is a proper Cornish hedgerow.  Twelve years ago,  it was overrun with brambles and grasses.  Having pulled them up regularly, I now have a wonderful display in the Spring.  The campions are in full bloom at the moment. The chives always do well in my herb garden and are a magnet for bumble bees
I thought that my beautifully scented honeysuckle had died 3 years ago.  I was so relieved and delighted to see it bloom again this year. Parsnip seeds take a long time to germinate.  The weeds have grown but I am not sure that there are any signs of parsnip plants.  I have sown another row. 12 broccoli plants are protected from the butterflies by the netting tunnel. The first two rows of broad beans are doing well.  I have sown two more rows.  There are now two courgette plants in the beds. The mange-tout germinated quite quickly 
The new polytunnel is such an asset.  I think that these lettuces will be ready to eat in two weeks' time.  I have transplanted more salad plants.  The beetroot and carrots are growing well too. The topping of growmore compost and the weekly watering with seaweed fertiliser have proved successful for my troughs of strawberries.    

Kate Allen's garden - early May


This is a picture of a new garden planted just over a year ago. A slight overdose of euphorbia which I shall curtail once some of the other plants come up. In the meantime, I love the bright acid yellow of the blooms for some Spring colour.


Annie Singer's garden in March and early April

The three vegetable patches have been extended back to their original size when we dug them up 10 years ago. Creating raised beds makes it easy to strim the grass and will prevent the lawn from trying to take over again! I removed the black membranes which kept the ground warm and weed free since the autumn.

This area next to the compost bin under the honeysuckle used to be a nettles patch with which I used to make liquid fertilizer. Two years ago, I created a wild flowers patch to attract pollinators. Last year, the Californian poppies had spread and provided a colourful display. I had to start from scratch again this year. Note the reindeer which I bought from Lanhydrock at Christmas time. It is now in its summer pastures! I have another long strip in the garden which is also sown with wild flower seeds.

This patch will be for winter vegetables: parsnips, purple sprouting, kalettes and leeks.

I have sown my first row of parsnips and I hope that they will germinate. The sticks are part of my anti cats devices. I have 3 moggies which are my own garden pests!

This patch is for the beans and peas: I have sown two small rows of broad beans which are protected under the home-made glass cloches. I used to have four but only two remain - those have seen better days!

The third patch is for lettuces, carrots, beetroots and courgettes. A friend gave me a polytunnel which I will use as a cold frame and which will enable me to sow seeds much earlier than I would normally do.

I grow strawberries in the four troughs on this wall.

I have had the current plants for 3 years so I will have to renew them next year. I weeded them, added Growmore compost and then applied seaweed fertiliser.

This is my Mediterranean part of the garden with a herb garden and sun loving plants in pots. I have just finished weeding this patch and discovered that unfortunately, several plants including monardas and thyme had not survived the winter. What is doing particularly well in this herb garden are the chives, angelica, trailing rosemary and bronze fennel.



Annie Singer's garden mid to late April

The bamboo sticks are up. On this side of the patch I will grow Mange-Tout.

On this side of the patch I will grow climbing French beans.

On one of my walks, I saw an old farmer whom I knew and he gave me lettuce plants - he dropped them by his gate and I picked them up once he had moved away.

This small rockery was a 2018 project. All plants and bulbs are doing well except the rock rose which might have to be replaced.

When I had a holiday on the Scillies in 2019, I bought from a stall on the side of a coastal footpath in St Mary's 12 blue iris bulbs and 25 sporoxis bulbs. I put them into two large pots and here is one of them. I am glad to report that most of them came up.

I visited Forde Abbey in Somerset in February one week-end when they were open for their displays of crocuses in their grounds. I love black tulips and I bout a pot of tulips called Black Hero. Here is one of the flowers in full bloom. I had hoped to go back to order to see their display of tulips late April/late May. I will have to do this next year!

I had never seen an orange-tip butterfly in my garden, most probably because I had never been there at the right time! They are hard to capture as they dart from flower to flower never settling down too long. However, my patience was eventually rewarded.

And finally for this month, we were so lucky that lockdown coincided with a long period of sunny and even warm weather. This garden chair which is normally not often used has become a regular feature of my garden!


Marion May's garden - end of April

Each year I await with anticipation for a clump of English bluebells to appear, ensuring when the grass is cut this area is avoided. The plants were given to me by a very dear friend, who lives in Reading and I have known for over 40years.

During the last couple of years she has had health problems and for several months didn't want to has any contact with friends. Every time I visited somewhere I sent her a postcard or a photo, never expecting a response.

She is now much better, and on her birthday earlier this month I sent her a photo of the bluebells, she contacted me to say thank you it reminds her of all the good times we have shared.


Lindsay Libby's garden - end of April

Two photos of the wisteria round my bedroom window. I have been digging my landlord's veg patches too, so they can then rotavate and plant up. I am hoping for a few seasonal vegs in return at some point. Will send photos when they are planted up.


Jo Warrick's garden - end of April

These pots are threaded through a metal bar planted up with strawberries

I cut the clematis back every year to below the rails and up it comes again

The iris is looking lovely this year but the snails seem to like them too!

Nick thinned out this Acer in the Autumn. Before it looked like a big ball, now we can see the stems

During the lock down Nick has cleared our back hedge and is going to put a fence up . The bumble bees are loving it.

When it is finished, I will plant up in front. It is a very sheltered area

There is a great tit in the nest box . I just hope the magpies don’t get them

This rhododendron smells amazing.



Carol William's garden - end of April

I only have a tiny garden but the colours are beginning to look quite stunning. I inherited the Yukka tree 16 years ago when I moved in. It has beautiful pink flowers every year and I am consistently digging out the shoots, otherwise it would take over the whole of my tiny space.

The Red Robin is a joyful centre to my garden and was a gift from a friend several years ago.

A little display of my potted shrubs


Dee Freeman's garden - early May


My little potted acer lights up the purple corner at the side of the house.

The second picture is just a close up of my Nelly Moser. The first time that I have managed to keep the slugs at bay for long enough to flower!

The third picture is our bottom terrace which shows clematis montana Mayleen, which is wonderfully fragrant at this time.

Our house is a corner plot with many small corners, all I could find have been turned into small gardens.

This picture is a little corner at the front. The old cherry tree is home to our Blue Tits nest box, currently being visited often with food parcels!

The last picture is my favourite Hosta (accompanied by a little clematis, which shouldn't be there!). I keep them clear of slugs (or try to) on our decking in the lower terrace.



Chris Burrough's garden - early May

We have now been here at Pellinore in Lostwihiel for three years and we have managed to tame a very overgrown garden. Originally, it consisted of very large trees and out of control shrubs. After much hard work, we now have a usable veg patch and a mini woodland walkway in progress.

Who would have believed this was once a derelict unused reservoir !



Lin Briggs' Garden - early May

Potatoes with raspberries coming up in background

Rhubarb, benefiting from the compost bins

Onions bed

Strawberry bed

Apple tree (blosson just going over)

Magnolia "Randy" which only just survived being transplanted

Weeping pear

Very elderly Apple Tree which was stunning when in full flower last week - should have taken a picture then

New entrance to garden

New entrance to garden and pod

Centaurea montana beneath Trachycarpus

Old entrance to garden

New and old entrance to garden

Old Oak Stump (with adornments)

Old Oak Stump (with adornments)

New border (to disguise neighbour's intrusive new build)

New border (to disguise neighbour's intrusive new build)

New border merges into old

Repaired border in front of Pod

Work in progress between Pod and Cottage

Bonsai stand

Pots outside cottage window

Fothergilla major (not looking so good this year)

Bonsai stand

Mint and parsley to hand (but confined to their pots)

Newly planted Rhododendrons coming into bloom




Various shrubs

Memorial garden

Rockery in need of some attention

Work in progress: reconstruction of water feature with grasses

Another newly planted scented rhododendron

Another view of the pond



Pat Shuttlewood's garden - early May


My little ‘Japanese Garden’ – taken from my bedroom window. It’s the only way to see it all as I have been a little over generous with the feeding this year and all the ‘dwarf’ rhododendrons and azaleas have grown quite huge and it’s difficult to photo them all from ground level! It's always at it's best at this time of the year - the first real colour.

The next one is of part of my 'Seaside Garden' down at the far end. It's a little easy to maintain courtyard layout with a summerhouse which I'm standing in front of and which catches the last of any sun we have.

This is the wisteria arch leading into the Seaside Garden - its been lovely this year and the perfume is glorious.

In between the other two areas is the main garden, which is just starting to blossom forth. I've managed to get hold of quite a few bedding plants and they should add to a colourful display later in the coming months.


Judy Dixon's garden - early May

We brought the Rhododendron with us from Kent. We got it for our 25th wedding anniversary , 25 yrs ago

I bought the Azalea the year Paul died. I am trying sweet peas again, - I have never been too successful before

View of the herbaceous bed


Delia Wallace's garden - early May

I have a fairly small garden and have been enjoying tidying it up during this lockdown.

I have planted pansies, geraniums and marigolds in my patio pots.

Here is the clematis in flower which I'm training along the garden wall.

In my wild bit of garden, bluebells just opening up with ferns in the foreground.