Category Archives: Garden

Changing – Lens artist challenge #15

From flower……..

Crab apple blossom

Apple blossom

to fruit.

Ripening apples!

Ripening apples!

And it would not be possible without our pollinators!

Carder bumblebee on apple blossom

Carder bumblebee on apple blossom


Autumn fruit

We have had a great crop of apples this year but early autumn storms mean that we have also a lot of windfalls. We are using apples in everything ; apple and blackberry jam, apple crumble and cakes, apple puree/sauce, dried apples.  Last weekend, I was going to try and make plum (again windfalls) and apple jam, but the resulting puree was too nice, so we’ve just added a tiny bit of honey and are using fresh. It went really well with pancakes!

The storm also broken my favourite Victoria plum tree which always produced the nicest plus in the garden , so we will have to get replacement (Apologies for quality of photos, my camera is currently out of action so having to use my phone camera!).

Picton Castle Walled Garden

This week the Lens Artists Photo Challenge theme is Wonder.  P. A. Moed Creative Exploration In Words And Pictures invites us “to create a post that captures a moment, a feeling, a place, a person—which filled you with wonder.”

Walled garden Picton Castle

Walled garden Picton Castle

Last week, we were in Wales, and one of our days out involved a trip to Picton Castle, a 18th century stately home (that was a previously a medieval Castle) in Pembrokeshire. The highlight of the day was the magnificent walled gardens.  It is definitely a place to fill you with wonder on the amazing world of plants. The shapes, colours, textures of the flowers, from hot red to spikey blues and greys.


A herb garden and succulents.

The garden has only three full time staff members looking after it (and the rest of the grounds). And some volunteers. They do an amazing job.


This week’s Monthly Meet Up Photo Challenge is Sculpture. We were in Wales last week and had a lovely visit to Picton Castle in Pembrokeshire (more to follow during the week). Within the walled garden there was this lovely sculpture. The wings of the seed head catch the wind and it moves around.


Sculpture at Picton Caslte

There were some more lovely willow and wood structures in the adventure garden. Here is just a little taster.