garden photography: wildlife garden

August’s theme is Open Gardens, or a Flower Show

(This can be a local flower show in your village or town, a national show like Chelsea, Hampton Court etc. or maybe even a small garden open for charity or to the public several times a year)

Other gardens open for charity too, the Wildlife Trust in Cornwall have several venues that raise funds for the Cornish Wildlife Trust. I was able to visit Trevoole Farm in June.


This is my kind of garden: old buildings with ancient stone, lichens, moss, peeling paintwork, faded wood, rusting wrought-iron work, corrugated iron roofs. Comfortable and unpretentious.


The Victorian greenhouse has wide reclaimed boards, a chintzy sofa and pews from a church as well as potting benches, terracotta pots, succulents, tomatoes and an impressive grape-vine. I could have moved in.


And lots of seating spots around, in sunshine or shade. Outside the summer-house or suspended between trees.


Pathways lead through tunnels of rambling roses to the potager and herb garden, or to a courtyard in which rusted shelving, old ladders and a disused AGA are put to use for the growing of herbs and vegetables.

At the rear of the courtyard is a shady area dripping with fuchsias and an overgrown porch.

And a track through the bog garden leads into the patchwork potager where an abandoned Morris Minor attracts a lot of attention, and where bees buzz happily among the borage and marigolds, nasturtiums and sweet-peas.

I took a lot of ideas away from this garden, not least which plants to grow to attract the pollinators. I have already planted the borage, nasturtiums, sweet peas and penstemons.

If you would like to join in with Garden Photography then please take a look at my Garden Photography Page. No complicated rules 🙂

  • Create your own post and title it August: Flower Show / Open Garden
  • Include a link to this page in your post so others can find it too
  • Add the tag “GardenChallenge” so everyone can find the posts easily in the WP Reader
  • Get your post in by the end of the month, as the new theme comes out on the first Sunday in September.
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28 Comments Add yours

  1. Tish Farrell says:

    This looks like heaven, Jude. And that glass house!

    1. Dina says:

      I agree, Tish. I’d love to have a glass house like this. 🙂

    2. Heyjude says:

      I know Tish. Serious glasshouse envy…

  2. rusty duck says:

    Yes, I could have moved in too. My grandmother had a glasshouse just like it, shame I was too young to fully appreciate it at the time!

  3. Dina says:

    Wonderful impressions, Jude. The glasshouse looks just like the two glasshouses in the walled garden at Felbrigg Hall. We go there very often to absorb the atmosphere and watch the changing seasons and a visit to the glasshouses is a must. 🙂
    Have a wonderful Sunday, Jude. It’s quite stormy at our coast this weekend, but it’s warm and sunny.
    My Mac is still in the care unit in the Apple store in Norwich so I feel like I have lost of time for the garden and our 5 tiny newborn pheasants and walks in lovely neighbourhood. Siri and Selma have to be on a line when we go out now, they hate it, but they don’t stand a chance against this wind.
    A big hug from all four of us,
    Dina xo

    1. Heyjude says:

      Felbrigg Hall is delightful, one of the best walled gardens. Blickling Hall also has lovely herbaceous borders and well worth visiting at this time of year.

      Wet and windy here today Dina, so I’m going nowhere! Hang on to those girls!

  4. Lucid Gypsy says:

    My kind of place too Jude, lots to see, a bit rustic instead of pristine. Of course I’ll add my name to the glasshouse appreciation group!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Looks like it is becoming rather crowded in there 🙂

  5. Pat says:

    Thanks for taking us with you. A very enjoyable visit for a Sunday morning.

  6. Sue says:

    Lovely! As Gilly says, a bit rustic rather than pristine, that’s what makes it work for me!

  7. restlessjo says:

    That hammock looks a little precarious! I think I’ll have a corner of the big comfy settee, if you don’t mind. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      I wouldn’t dare try a hammock now, even if I got in to one I’d never get out unless I rolled over!

  8. What a beautiful garden ! I would have loved to join but unfortunately I live in a flat 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well if you visit any gardens on your days out, take some photos and then you can join in 🙂 When I started this challenge back in January I only had a few pots!

      1. Oh that’s such a good idea ! I’ve visited a few gardens and I was thinking about posting about it !

  9. What a lovely garden! The old Morris has found a perfect last resting place and will never be lonely. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      The old Morris could have been sold 10 times over I reckon, everyone loved it. I doubt it is going anywhere though.

  10. simoneharch says:

    Beautiful photos Jude, like everyone else I would LOVE a greenhouse like this. Wishful thinking! 🙂 Have put the farm on my ‘to visit’ list for future years, thank you. I had glorious weather in Cornwall, like a bog here in Buxton…. I may have to consider a move! Simone

    1. Heyjude says:

      You were lucky with the weather, it can be a bit damp and foggy this end of the country, but when that sunshine there is nowhere better in the entire world.

  11. Peta Kaplan says:

    So gorgeous. I too love gardens like this. Informal, rustic, atmospheric, full of depth and character. Thanks for the treat.


    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks for dropping by 🙂

  12. So charming – my kind of garden too not too formal and so pretty! 🙂

  13. Lovely pictures, following!

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