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.

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28 thoughts on “garden photography: wildlife garden

  1. 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

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