Succulents

My love affair with succulents continues. I was happy with these little numbers in my conservatory even without their flowers, and then all of a sudden, they flowered. The one below has sprouted a stalk that’s about a foot long, from a tiny rosette. Another very similar-looking plant produced a completely different, star-shaped yellow flower. … Read more Succulents

Succulents

I’ve recently fallen hook, line and sinker for succulents. This is mostly because they are some of the most undemanding plants you can grow. They’ve pulled through a winter in my conservatory (unheated, so with some big extremes of temperature) and the benign neglect that I have bestowed upon them. In fact they’re even flowering … Read more Succulents

Succulents

The posh clothes shop, Toast, used to have a battered old (sorry, vintage) bench outside it, painted a lovely canal-boat green. The shop has now had a refit (although it looked fine before if you ask me), and the bench has gone. It’s been replaced by this interesting set up: stacked breeze-block effect containers that … Read more Succulents

Weekend inspiration: hydrangeas

Is it just me, or have hydrangeas looked especially good this year? They must have enjoyed the wet weather. I liked this line of them along a shady bank in the Bishop’s Palace garden in Wells. I have a Hydrangea paniculata in my garden, which has flowered its socks off for weeks. The white flowers … Read more Weekend inspiration: hydrangeas

Tremenheere Sculpture Garden

My soggy holiday in Cornwall wasn’t all bad, and one of the highlights was Tremeheere Sculpture Garden. Set in a sheltered valley just outside Penzance, it has stunning views of St Michael’s Mount. The garden (which is more like a park, really – it’s pretty huge) it is home to ponds, bogs, woodland, sunny and arid … Read more Tremenheere Sculpture Garden

St Michael’s Mount

It’s impossible not to fall for the charms of St Michael’s Mount – it looks atmospheric from afar, and romantic from within. The garden is ever so pretty, filled with exotic plants (the granite rock acts as a giant heat store) that can withstand salt-laden winds. Succulents abounded,which made me very happy – my favourites … Read more St Michael’s Mount