change the way you feel

Recently there has been a lot of talk about the way in which gardening is helping people to change their lives: particularly people with mental health issues, disabilities or suffering from loneliness. Research has discovered that gardening can help reduce anxiety, improve cognitive recall, help with dementia, help combat isolation, improve physical health and stamina and…

Up the Garden Path

There are many different pathways through a garden, and I do spend a lot of time walking them as visiting gardens is my passion. Here are some I have trodden on over the years. Paths can lead us directly between borders on either side, or along terraced slopes, with steep or shallow steps, sometimes paved,…

Small is Beautiful…

(click to enlarge to full size – if you dare) The spider species Araneus diadematus is commonly called the European garden spider, diadem spider, cross spider, or crowned orb weaver. It is a dangerous time in the garden, whilst cutting down or pulling out dead and finished flowers you run the gauntlet of coming face-to-face with one…

Five Minutes with a ‘White Ermine’ Moth

DesleyJane – a lovely arty scientist now living in Melbourne – is also a wonderful photographer and a huge macro fan. She has a new meme called “regularrandom“ for anyone to join in with which involves spending 5 minutes with the subject matter. Choose a scene or an object and keep fixed on that object,…

Cooling

It rained this morning. The flowers were very grateful for the drink and even the magpies came into the garden for a wash and brush-up in the ‘bird bath’ Lens-Artists Photo Challenge | Cooling

Macro Monday #80

Which of my photographs is my favorite? The one I’m going to take tomorrow.  ~ Imogen Cunningham. (click to enlarge to full size) My final tulip this year (I know I have gone on a bit) is this pretty purple one performing its last dance. Tulips give so much pleasure even in their dying moments. As…

“Condensational”

Days of coastal fog can be so annoying as the temperatures drop and the air is damp. One positive result is how condensation is formed on the tulips in the courtyard. The jewel-like colours sparkle with diamonds. Daily Post Photo Challenge | Liquid

Garden Portrait : Dunster Secret Garden

Dunster is a Medieval village in north Somerset on the edge of Exmoor closest to the Bristol Channel. There is a castle on a wooded hill which has existed here since at least Norman times, with an impressive medieval gatehouse and ruined tower giving a reminder of its turbulent history. There is also a working…

Garden Portrait: Hergest Croft

Hergest Croft is unusual in having been gardened continuously by three generations of the same family over the past one hundred and thirteen years. It lies in the heart of the Welsh Marches with stunning views towards the Black Mountains. The gardens contain a unique collection of rare plants, trees and shrubs and over 90…

Five Minutes with my Mother’s Day Bouquet

DesleyJane – a lovely arty scientist now living in Melbourne – is also a wonderful photographer and a huge macro fan. She has a new challenge called “regularrandom“ for anyone to join in with which involves spending 5 minutes with the subject matter. Choose a scene or an object and keep fixed on that object,…