Heligan Harvest

  I first started visiting The Lost Gardens of Heligan as a student in the very early 1990s. By then the Tremayne family’s forgotten pleasure grounds had been rediscovered by their descendant, John Willis. Thanks to Tim Smit, later of Eden Project fame, there was already an audacious plan to revive them. As the decade […]

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RHS Autumn Harvest Festival Show 2015

I always write my post about the RHS Autumn Harvest Festival Show will a tinge of sadness, as it falls just a few days before I head off to China. The dazzling displays of fruit, vegetables and autumn foliage remind me what I’ll be missing over the next three weeks. Of all the RHS London […]

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Trengwainton Gardens, Cornwall

From a very early age my parents took me and my sister to visit gardens. I like to think the reason was to cultivate our interest in flowers and plants, but as one follower of this blog commented recently (with reference to another Cornish garden, Trebah), it was probably to keep us both from wreaking havoc […]

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Kinky Leeks and Gracious Grapes – The RHS London Harvest Festival Show 2014

Apart from Cinderella, few people are likely to consider an after-dark encounter with a giant pumpkin an exciting prospect, but the Royal Horticultural Society are out to change all that. In a revision to the normal schedule, the RHS London Harvest Festival Show opened late on Tuesday, treating members and their guests to an evening of […]

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Happy Hallowe’en!

‘Pixie, kobold, elf, and sprite, All are on their rounds tonight; In the wan moon’s silver ray, Thrives their helter-skelter play.’ ~Joel Benton

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Trading Apple for Apples

I never think of myself as especially tech savvy.  However, as I embark on my 40’s I find myself more anxious than ever to keep up with advances in technology.  I have no time for endless research, so have happily sold my soul to Apple – the iPad, the iPhone and now a gorgeous, sleek, […]

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RHS London Harvest Festival Show 2014

A beautiful autumn afternoon, perhaps the last for a while, so time to escape the office for delights of the RHS London Harvest Festival Show.   Check back soon to discover who grew this year’s largest pumpkin, and which Duke won the battle of the grapes.

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Smashing Pumpkins and Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Despite diligently renewing my subscription to the Royal Horticultural Society each year (thanks Mum and Dad!), it’s rare that I get to make proper use of my membership.  Having managed nothing other than Hampton Court Flower Show so far this year, I made a promise to myself that I’d get to the Autumn Harvest Festival […]

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