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Six on Saturday – Spring is on its way

Colour is appearing all over the garden. It pleases me greatly when the Tete a Tete  in the Three Wise Monkeys wall planter burst into flower soon to be joined by Muscari. The planter was made just for me by a local sculptor and I love it in all seasons.

Tete a Tete

Crocuses are appearing around the wall garden, some orange and some purple.

Crocus

The Snowdrops please me the most at this time of year. They survived last week’s snow and are still going strong.

Snowdrop

The Marguerites haven’t stopped flowering since I planted them early last Summer. They really are troopers! I love the swirly pattern in the middle.

Marguerite

The Skimmia has had its bright pink buds  all Winter and I look forward to the buds bursting into their beautiful pale pink. This glaring pink is definitely not a favourite!

Skimmia Japonica

Iris Reticulata are another favourite. They are so delicate and appear before their leaves so really stand out. They will soon be replaced by Muscari.  We have them in a pot underneath a Cornus whose buds are showing already. I hope we have no more harsh weather or the buds may be lost.

Iris reticulata

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Six on Saturday – Not My Garden No 2

We went to the Eden Project again on Thursday (and got snowed in. To read that story, look back at Thursday’s blog!) Although we were there only a few weeks ago, there were so many new blooms to see. Sadly, I don’t know the names of all the beauties we saw so if anyone would like to help, I would love to know. The first 5 were in the Rainforest Biome, the last in the temperate Mediterranean Biome.

Ginger Lily?

Waterfall

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Flame pea, Katy. Choizema cordatum Fabaceae.In the Mediterranean Biome

It is the most remarkable place to visit and we are very lucky that we are only an hour or so away.

For other Six on Saturday posts, have a look at the comments on The Propagator’s blog. He’s the chap that started this fun group going.

 

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Big Garden Birdwatch

This weekend is the Big Garden Birdwatch where people all over the country spend an hour watching the birds in their garden or in a nearby park over three days 26-28th January.  We then count the maximum number of each species seen at any one time. It was extremely windy today and we didn’t see as many birds as usual so I will find some time tomorrow and send the better count in. We did see  some Chaffinches sitting on the Kalette plants, one Robin ground feeding, and 11 Goldfinches all at once at the feeders!

Female Chaffinch

Two Female Chaffinches

Robin picking up seeds that have fallen from the feeders

Greenfinches

Goldfinch

 

 

 

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Six on Saturday – Not My Garden!

I visited Trelissick Gardens this week for a walk around one of our favourite stomping grounds. I had hoped to find some early Daffodils but they aren’t ready to bloom just yet. There were, however, Snowdrops, Camellias, Magnolias and Azaleas in all their glory. Come for a walk with me……..

1. The Main Lawn

The main lawn

2. Magnolia

3.  Snowdrops – I wish I knew which ones these lovely tall ones are. Ours flower when they are barely out of the ground! Perhaps one of my lovely readers can help.

Tall Snowdrops

4.  Beautiful Hellebore

Hellebore

5.  Rhododendron or Azalea?

6.  The Tower at Trelissick Gardens, a National Trust property. 

The Tower at Trelissick

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Six on Saturday – Winter Structures

I had thought to show you the signs of Spring in our garden – a lone Daffodil, Primroses and Snowdrops but Propogator himself did that so I’ll show you Spring later as it develops.
I love the effects of winter on the plants which show their structure more clearly when the foliage has gone or is dying.

Fern skeletons

Aquilegea seed pods

Zebra grass, Miscanthus Sinensis

Beautiful Birch stems

 

Weeping Beech

Cotoneaster

So, those are  my Six this Saturday. For more Sixes on Saturday, from gardeners all over the world, take a look at the site mentioned abovet https://thepropagatorblog.wordpress.com.

 

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Six on Saturday – Foliage in Winter

Inspired by a couple of blogging pals, I have decided to join in on Six on Saturday.which looks like fun, especially for those of us who love our gardens.  My six are all foliage in our garden today, some especially for Piglet in Portugal as they are relevant to her post  where she talks about Agapanthus.

1. We grown most of ours in pots as we read that they like crowded roots but the ones in the ground do well too. They grow in profusion all around Cornwall but not as wildly as in South Africa.

Agapanthus with one left-over flower head

2  Piglet was also asking about hedges. We have two of Pittosporum Tenufolium – in the back, a lovely light hedge of the variegated version. I love the speckle effect and the pink/cream borders to the crinkly leaves. It has tiny red/brown flowers too in late Spring/ early Summer but they are so small they are easily missed. You can see a flower here taken in 2016.

Pittosporum Tenuifolium variegatum

3. Mixed in with this we have a few of the ordinary green one.

Pittosporum Tenuifolium

4. In the front garden, behind the Himalayan Birch, we grow the Tom Thumb version which has the same delightful wavy leaves but they are dark purple and come from black stems – very dramatic. The light has made it look quite pink. It is much darker than it appears here.

Pittosporum Tenuifolium Tom Thumb

5. One of the Clematis that grows up the trellis has turned a glorious bronze colour not unlike Copper Beech.

Clematis

6. The last in today’s six is in my shade garden along with lots of ferns. Sadly, I have lost the label and forgotten its name……..

Can anyone help me remember the name of this one?

 

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St Michael’s Mount, Windsurfer and Sunset

We had hoped to see the Marazion murmuration this evening but the wind was far too strong and the starlings just flew in in small groups and went straight to roost in the reeds. There was still beauty to be found!

St Michael’s Mount

One of three windsurfers having fun

Dramatic sunset

 

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