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 🙂

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28 thoughts on “garden photography: wildlife garden

  1. 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

    • 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.

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