pink pelagonium, purple and pink saliva, purple wallflower and fuchsia in green stoneware jug

Dreaming of Cornwall – pink pelargonium salvia fuchsia – In a Vase on Monday – 15 October 2018

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Life is very hectic at the moment – in a good way. Various plans seem to be coming together but it is tough squeezing everything in – I feel like I’ve been chained to the laptop. Most things I’m writing are things I want to write about – so that helps. I’m working on various different projects and activities – some crafting projects and courses too. I’m hoping my plans are coming together and I’m remaining positive – carrying on with mindfulness, yoga and daily walking. This quote resonated with me – I’m keeping going…

‘One of the things I’ve learnt the hard way was that it doesn’t pay to get discouraged. Keeping busy and making optimism a way of life can restore your faith in yourself.’

Lucille Ball (1911-1989) – actress, comedienne and producer. She was the first woman to run a Hollywood Studio in 1962.

My birthday is in October and My Chap’s a week later – these follow quickly from our first wedding anniversary – so there’s been plenty of adventures and weekends away as well – he’s been running for the motor neurone disease association at half marathons too.

One of the things, I’ve been doing is taking photographs when it is sunny – here’s my vase from Monday. The weather has been sunny and warm most days; even when it’s overcast it’s still too warm for the time of year. It was 22 degrees on my birthday last week. This vase looks like one from August, not mid-October.

pink pelagonium, purple and pink saliva, purple wallflower and fuchsia in green stoneware jug

pink pelargonium, purple and red saliva, purple wallflower and fuchsia in green/blue stoneware jug

Flowers in my Vase

  • pink edged pelargonium – Crimson Flame
  • Salvia ‘Armistead’
  • Red Salvia
  • purple perennial wallflower – this bush has been flowering continuously since about March – it’s appeared in the IAVOM often too.
  • fuchsia – it’s a hardy one, grows is about five foot high at the moment and flowering profusely – I think it’s magellania

fuchsia magellania bush red and purple flowers

fuchsia magellania bush – about 5 foot high and growing well – it’s about four years old

The pelargonium and fuchsia have appeared in on the blog recently:

pink pelagonium, purple and pink saliva, purple wallflower and fuchsia in green stoneware jug

pink pelagonium, purple and pink saliva, purple wallflower and fuchsia in green stoneware jug

About the jug

I bought the jug in Cornwall on our first visit in 2014 – I love the glaze on this. It reminds me of the sea. It’s stoneware but I’ve got no idea who made it as there’s no makers mark. I bought it from a craft shop in St Ives – I wish I’d made a note of who the maker was.

One day I hope to make something similar with my pottery 🙂 but it’s a long way off at the moment… but like Life, my pottery is a work in progress.


As usual, I am joining in with Cathy from The idea is to collect flowers, foliage, seed pods – whatever from around your garden or locality every Monday and place in a ‘vase’. The vases used by the bloggers from around the world are very inventive – though jugs often appear. Do have a look at the latest offerings, you’ll see some beautiful flowers from around the world.

Thoughts of Cornwall

We both love being by the sea – any time of year, anywhere – sandy beaches, rocky, craggy or on the cliffs – it doesn’t matter. Any weather conditions too – it’s all about the quality of your coat, shoes and your gloves etc 😉

We’ve been thinking ahead to next year and holidays – we both want to go back to Cornwall. My Chap has been many times over the years – I’d not been back since I was a child in the 1970s. We went for a long weekend in September 2014 – it’s a long way from Manchester but worth every mile on the car park that is the M5. It’s such a beautiful part of the world – and there’s still so much to see. It’s also a place where time seems slower… especially if you’re out of the main holiday season. We hope to go in April/May 2019.

Life Guard Hut - St Ives

Life Guard Hut – St Ives – May 2015

I need to visit St Ives again to go to the Tate 🙂 and sit on the beachs – the sea is aqua 🙂 and look at that sky.

We stayed in Charlestown in May 2015 and out in the country near the Lost Gardens of Heligan in May 2016.

small hexagonal white hut slate roof - Harbourmaster's Hut Charlestown Harbour

Harbour Master’s Hut Charlestown Harbour

For those of you that don’t know – Charlestown is one of the locations for Pordark. It’s a lovely little village with many 18th/19th cottages. I love the harbourmaster’s Hut – you can hire it out for the day – it’s very well appointed inside.

We’ve got good friends who live in Padstow – and I’m sure My Chap will try and find a local run to raise some awareness for Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Padstow harbour at dusk with many small boats

Padstow looking towards Rock (which is where Doom Bar beer is made).

One of my favourite towns in East Cornwall is Mevagissey. We had a suburb meal at a Portuguese restaurant on the Quayside.

Mevagissey Harbour at sunset with many small fishing boats

Mevagissey Harbour – May 2016

The great gardens of Cornwall

There are many glorious gardens to visit too including:

  • Bonython
  • Caerhays Castle and Garden –
    We visited in May 2015 – absolutely stunning rhododendrons, camellias and magnolias in woodland walks – many were planted in the 1870s when the owner came back from plant trips to China. The castle has the National Collection of Magnolias and some of them are huge.
  • Eden Project –
    we’ve been twice in September 2014 and May 2015 – I could write so much about the Eden Project – it’s educational, fun and in an incredible setting. We managed to get up to the top of the tropical biome the second time we went as it was a misty day – it had been 42 degrees the first time we went.
  • Lamorran –
    We visited May 2015 – a garden on a very steep hill with stunning views over St Mawes Bay and a very large collection of tropical palms and plants. I loved the way they’d built pergolas and ‘ruins’ for the aspect/drawing your eye – and it just goes to show what you can do on a very steep site if you’ve got deep pockets.
  • Lost Gardens of Heligan –
    We visited twice in May 2015 and 2016 – words cannot describe what a beautiful place it is.
  • Trebah
  • Tremenheere Sculpture Garden
  • Tregothnan
  • Tresco Abbey – Tresco, Scilly Islands
  • Trewithen Garden

National Trust in Cornwall
There’s plenty going on at the National Trust places in Cornwall this autumn and here are the gardens they recommend:

rhododendrons at Caerhays Castle, Cornwall May 2015

For the gardeners – have you got plants flowering that really should have stopped by now?
Have you been to Cornwall? what’s your favourite place? or would you like to go?


Carpe Diem

Love Bec xxx xxx

21 thoughts on “Dreaming of Cornwall – pink pelargonium salvia fuchsia – In a Vase on Monday – 15 October 2018

  1. Anca

    I just got back from a holiday in Cornwall (as in yesterday), so imagine my delight to read your post. I fully agree with you, M5 is a very long car park, it took us 8+ hours to get from Cornwall to Liverpool. But it was worth it, we’ve had a lovely week.
    The vase looks familiar, I might have seen something similar in a shop. I do like it.

  2. helenevlacho

    I love being by the sea no matter what the season is. I have never been to Cornwall but I would love to. I have read Rosamunde’s Pilcher books and I know it would be an amazing place, as I can see from photos also.

    1. Bec - views from my garden bench Post author

      Cornwall is truly beautiful – everything from crags/cliffs and wild Atlantic seas and beautiful sandy beaches. The water is a stunning aqua too – it’s well worth a visit anytime of year. I hope you get there some day.

    1. rebecca jones

      Cornwall is a beautiful place to visit any time of year – I hope you get to visit one day

  3. Sonia

    Oh that vase is absolutely stunning. I love pottery like that and would love to know who made it, such a shame that you don’t know. The flowers in it are just as pretty – such vibrant pinks. Cornwall is an amazing place, your photos are just gorgeous x

    1. Bec - views from my garden bench Post author

      i know which shop I bought it in – so hopefully I can go back and find out. I remember the shop owner telling me it was a guy in his 50s who’d been throwing for years. Unusual not to have a makers mark on the bottom though. thanks you I love Cornwall so much – excited about going back xx

  4. Cathy

    Gosh – what a busy post, Bec! Good to know that your life is full of positive things and you are thinking ahead to a Cornish holiday next year. I rarely remember to pick my pelargoniums, which is a shame as yours look so pretty in a vase

    1. Bec - views from my garden bench Post author

      life is still a bit full on but hopefully things will be a bit clearer soon. Yes need to have a holiday planned so that the dark, wet days of the Winter don’t dampen my mood. I’ve just got to try to keep the pelargoniums alive over the Winter without a greenhouse… the pink edged one is a stunner and has been flowering all summer.

  5. Stephanie

    Oh so many lovely suggestions of places to visit, we love National Trust places and seeing how they change over the seasons

  6. katykicker

    I feel like I’ve been chained to my laptop too! You’ve inspired me to get out and take some more photographs too x

    1. Bec - views from my garden bench Post author

      aye being chained to the laptop is no good. yes I try to get outside for at least an hour each day – and if it’s sunny I take my phone/camera to take photos (mostly of flowers tho) – hope you’ve managed some photos too 🙂


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