Visiting Cornwall before the Chelsea Flower Show


St Enodoc Church near Daymer Bay After a hectic week at QVC, followed by some frantic, last minute gardening, I was ready for a few days off in Cornwall. We were lucky with the weather, it did rain occasionally and it was very windy at times, but we had plenty of sunny weather to lift the spirits.

I love body boarding (I'm no good at it, but it's great fun) and I bought a wetsuit so I could stay in the water longer. We also walked a lot. One of the highlights was a trip to the beautiful St Enodoc Church near Daymer Bay (left).

Incredibly, this church, where John Betjeman is buried, was engulfed by sand on many occasions in the past centuries and was eventually dug out and restored in the 1860s.

Back home, some urgent weeding was needed, followed by some pest control. The dry spring has encouraged lots of pests, especially greenfly, but a quick blast of my Plant Invigorator sorted them out. Then I could start to plant out my cut flower patch.

I've grown some lovely varieties including white Antirrhinum 'Royal Bride' , dark blue  larkspur, lacy white Amni majus and the show-stopping Zinnia 'Giant Dahlia Mix'. I started them all off from seed, potted them into 7cm pots, watered in with my young plant feed and they're romping away.

On Saturday, I'll be making my first visit to the RHS Chelsea Flower Show. It's a great opportunity to see the gardens being finished prior to the official press day and the royal visit on Monday. The show sounds a cracker this year, I can't wait to see it!

Happy gardening!

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