Trevoole, et vous?

Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined. I love this quote from Henry David Thoreau, American author, poet, philosopher and naturalist.  It sums up entirely my new outlook on leaving our friends’ smallholding after a week’s holiday.  My aim is to hold tightly to this guiding principle over the […]

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Daily Dog Candy: Boycie

We’ve had statues and compost guesting in the candy spot so I thought, why not a dog? Especially when the dog is as charming and intelligent as Boycie, my sister’s Parson Russell Terrier. We both share a love of jaunty neckwear, so get on famously. And like me, Boycie will happily walk for miles and […]

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Making Arrangements

This Wednesday I was extended the great honour of arranging the flowers for Trevoole Farm’s NGS open day.  I’m not sure what qualified me for the job, other than a general willingness to have a go, but the opportunity to play with oodles of flowers and a fabulous collection of vintage vessels was far to […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Stipa gigantea

Grasses come into their own in late summer, their feathery plumes rendered golden in the lowering sunlight. King of all the garden grasses is Stipa gigantea, the giant feather grass, which alongside Verbena bonariensis classes as the best of all architectural perennials. Given space to develop a wide shuttlecock of seed heads, Stipa gigantea will […]

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Daily Flower Candy: Rosa ‘Pink Perfection’

Hybrid tea roses have fallen out of favour with gardeners since new old-fashioned varieties came on the scene. They tend to mix clumsily with other flowers, preferring to keep the stage to themselves. Nevertheless, hybrid teas like ‘Pink Perfection’, photographed at Castle Drogo, can’t be beaten for flower size, making them superb cut flowers. There […]

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Castle Drogo, Devon

My favourite architect by a country mile is Edwin Lutyens. Often described as a genius, he is most lauded for his Surrey country houses, war memorials and his masterplan for Imperial New Delhi. Castle Drogo in Devon is one of Lutyen’s lesser known and farthest flung masterpieces, and one I could never tire of visiting. […]

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Potting Shed Still Life

Being the custodian of two very small gardens, I envy those with room for serious glasshouses and potting sheds. Yesterday, in the lovely walled garden at Trenarth (open for the Cornwall Wildlife Trust) we found this gardener’s retreat, packed with old tools and plant labels.

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A Not So Red Hot Poker

This cool Kniphofia (red hot poker) is part of George Dillistone’s clever planting scheme at Castle Drogo in Devon. Planted amongst stronger yellow Heleniums and silver-blue Echinops, the towers of vanilla and ivory tubular flowers provide a sophisticated accent.

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Blue Gold

The days ahead promise more warm dry weather, but we’ve enjoyed some much needed rain today. The last time we encountered ‘the wet stuff’ we were up in Northumberland enjoying the beautiful gardens at Wallington Hall. In spite of the weather, this beautiful border of yellow, mauve and blue flowers was still eager to please.

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The Problem With Lilies

Lilium regale – the ultimate lily? Lilies are, without question, one of the most elegant summer flowering bulbs. Gertrude Jekyll, the renowned garden designer and plantswoman, would frequently plant large clumps of Lilium regale in strategic spots, creating height and drama at pivotal points in her schemes. In addition to stature, the lilies also contributed […]

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