Whether you’re a green-fingered goddess or an amateur, fumbling with a fork (that’s me), it’s spring and the garden can no longer be ignored. Looking for some inspiration for the humble Muddy plot, I turned to Cornish horticulturalist Barbara Tremain for some creative ideas to keep us busy in the garden in the year ahead.Read more
Cotehele is my go to National Trust estate, because its right on my door step and there’s something for everyone, from the historic quay and river, miles of doggy walks, the water mill, vast well-kept grounds and the treasures of the house itself.
For those of you who haven’t been to Cotehele before or haven’t visited for a while, there’s a lovely barn restaurant for lunch at the top of the grounds (best for adults or well-behaved kids), a relaxed tea room on the quay and a shop and gallery.Read more
Garden tips is back my green fingered friends, with mild liver disease and a tan only the Donald would be jealous of. No wait, that’s me! I’m embarrassed to say that I totally abandoned my garden this summer, in favour of weekends surfing and sunbathing and my grounds are in desperate need for some TLC.
Thank mother nature then for Richard Morton from Muddy favourite Trewidden Garden – here’s his tips for what we should be doing in October:
The leaves will be falling from the trees quite fast this time of year and it is a good idea to collect them up at regular intervals.Read more
Muddy intern Ruth Wills has not only had cat cuddling duties this week, she’s also been enthusiastically updating the Muddy calendar with all the fabulous daily events sent our way. There’s a selection of highlights below (can’t wait for the baby lobster release!!!), but you can click HERE for the full month ahead. Multiple day events are listed below (since they make my fabulous calendar messy), but I think you’ll want to know about them.Read more
We are pretty spoilt for choice when it comes to great gardens across the Duchy. Team Muddy Cornwall are slowly ticking them off our bucket list. One I’d like to rave about if you’ll kindly indulge is The Abbey Garden on Tresco, one of the five inhabited Scilly Islands. It might be 30 miles off the mainland, but I think its one you should add to your summer hot list.
Described as ‘a perennial Kew without the glass‘, by clever terracing and windbreaking planting, it manages to defy the harsh Atlantic conditions to host subtropical plants which would die and wither horribly on the mainland (especially in my garden).Read more
Royal Cornwall Show, Wadebridge, Thurs 9 – Sat 11 June
Judging caps on folks its time for the Royal Cornwall show. An opportunity to learn more about farming, food and the Countryside. Loads of info and exhibits aimed at educating y’all about various aspects of the rural way of life. You can get up close to thousands of farm animals. Great facilities for younger kids (including a families area). I got stuck in the show traffic around Wadebridge today and the show doesn’t even open until tomorrow, so add in extra time.Read more
Pass me the tramadol! We’ve got the family coming to stay over half term. Thank all that is good and holy then for the Muddy Cornwall half-term survival guide: your one-stop shop for activities, culture, and everything in between. For those who don’t have children (don’t gloat), or whose kids are old enough to amuse themselves, there’s stuff here for you too – at the bottom of the post, but be warned, they are a bit rum soaked!Read more
There’s some confusion over whether it was World Naked Gardening Day last Saturday, or this one coming. Either way, I won’t personally be pulling weeds in the buff, if you’re planning to tend your flowers as nature intended then you’ll need to remember suncream as the sun is scheduled to shine this weekend!
You should know by now that I’m no Dimmock, so this month’s garden tips come courtesy of Neil Bennett, head gardener at the Tregothnan Gardens, near Truro.Read more
Cheese and wine pairing, The Art of Wine, Truro Thurs 28 Apr
Like cheese? Like wine? Then tomorrow is your lucky day! Roland and Enora are hosting a cheese and wine pairing night at The Art of Wine in Truro.
I stumbled across these guys a few weeks back – if you’ve not been yet, this is your chance. Not just a wine shop, not just a lounge bar and not just a gallery – it’s all three.Read more
Penryn Picture house, Temperance Hall, Penryn, Thurs 14 Apr
Pop-up cinema fun with Penryn Picture House on Thursday: A hot hot hot three-part evening of live Venezuelan music from Juan Graterol y su Conjunto Gozón, organic freshly-made veg kebabs from Shellfish Pig and a screening of the brilliant and award-winning Wim Wenders documentary of the re-forming of the Buena Vista Social Club by Ry Cooder.Read more