Allotment plus pretty pics of Sissinghurst…

So I’ve been super busy so this is a bit of catch up post. A few pics from the garden (wisteria / lily), and greenhouse / allotment progress. I have neglected the allotment (a lot) but it turns out it doesn’t really need me – all the plants I put in (peas / sweetcorn / dahlia/ beans / cabbages) seem to be surviving just fine, even though it has been quite dry.

Some more pics of the allotment – and Sissinghurst Gardens – pretty obvious which is which – lol! Hope to have some film pics of the trip too…

Flowers and Godolphin

I love roadside flowers, and Cornwall was looking very pretty with it’s part stone / part earth walls. We caught it just right – red campion, bluebells, vetch, gorse, lots of thrift (one of my favourites), cow parsley and several things I couldn’t identify. This batch also includes a few pics from Godolphin, a National Trust place which still needs a bit of work, but provided a nice stroll.



Paddling against the wind

A little paddle from Fowey. We hired a double kayak in town with a plan to get to Lostwithial. The wind, straight on our nose, had other ideas. We pootled round the harbour first and then headed upriver on the incoming tide. There was plenty of flow, but the wind held us back, and was quite exhausting. We nipped into a little creek for a rest and then continued on to Golant for a coffee. The pub was closed so we thought we would have a rest, which became a bit too comfy (!) so we called it quits there. It was a lovely afternoon, and the salt marshes higher upstream will have to wait for another day.


Gunwalloe and Rinsey

Some pics from two beaches in Cornwall – the first Gunwalloe. It wasn’t a sunny day but it was atmospheric with it’s moody blues, with a touch of pink on the horizon. Andy associates this as Gunwalloe-in-the-rain due to a trip in the 1970s when it poured with rain and his family sat in their Morris Minor. There was a lot of slate on the beach worn smooth.

The other beach is Rinsey Cove, somewhat changed it seems, due to the Valentine’s Day storm in 2014. The storm stripped the beach of a lot of sand, so it was much rockier than Andy remembered. The tide came in fast too, but it was such a gorgeous sunny day. The sea was freezing though, too cold for paddling (although I tried ;)). I guess it’s still early in the season. It’s a steep walk down in places but beautiful and made us feel like we were on a proper adventure.

Beth Chatto’s Garden

I went on the 5th May. On the 13th May, Beth Chatto died, at the ripe old age of 94, nourished for over 50 years by her marvellous garden I’m sure. As I’m writing this I’m watching Gardeners World, and Monty’s just said it was “a life supremely well lived”. What an epitaph.

It was my first visit. I was expecting it to be ordered, as these gardens often are, but it wasn’t – it was a riot! Everything was growing, everywhere – not a spare bit of earth could be seen. As I went with my aunt, not so many photos as we were chatting too much 😉 . It was a lovely sunny day, although as it was wet in the week before it was a squelchy underfoot in the boggy garden in places. I also liked the wooded areas, especially the enormous pink camellia that must have been 20ft high.

The nursery was also fab, as it has such a good range of plants, many unusual. I acquired (courtesy of my aunt’s Christmas vouchers) 2 stipa, 2 different types of clematis, an unusual Thift “In the Red”, and a purple spineless Arcaena. What a lovely day.