Julia muses on the time Virginia Woolf spent in Cornwall - did she perhaps visit Morrab Gardens? - recalls the work of the visionary poet William Blake and gets some inspiration for the garden in Winter
Reaching V in her miscellany, Julia celebrates the work of Volunteers - in particular the Friends of Morrab Gardens who volunteer their time and skills to assist in the upkeep of the gardens.
Reaching U in her blog, Julia considers unwelcome visitors - both human and non-human! On a happier note we remember Reginald Upcher, who designed Morrab Gardens more than 140 years ago, and celebrate a garden writer who has provided her readers with a great leap forward in UNDERSTANDING how to garden better
Julia celebrates trees in some of the notable gardens around Penzance, takes a trip to Tresco and enjoys a fictional account of the life of gardener and naturalist John Tradescant.
With a reminder that the natural world is already preparing for spring, Julia considers the work and legacy of sculptor Barbara Hepworth, the symmetry of David Hicks' garden designs and a local example of sustainability in gardening.
In Julia's stroll through the alphabet we reach R and meet garden designer Humphry Repton who was famed for his Red Books; and Scottish poet Robbie Burns known for comparing his love to a red, red rose.
Reaching Q, Julia finds gardens that offer moments of quiet, celebrates a radio classic and recalls a poet and novelist who was known as ‘the greatest living Cornishman'.
Julia celebrates skillful pruning with an example close to Morrab Gardens, and captures the essence of summer in the perfume of pot pourri
Recalling a visit to the Orto Botanico in Florence, Julia looks at the history of botanical gardens, and learns of their new role in combatting the many threats to future global food supplies from climate change and disease.
Julia visits a local garden to see one of the National Collections, and chooses Night-Scented plants for her own house.