June in Cornwall – wild flowers and gardens (guest blog post)

 

Whilst every month has its own particular splendours, June brings hedgerows bursting with colour from a wide variety of wildflowers. Tiny, shy little flowers like the speedwell nestle comfortably amongst larger showier specimen such as the tall, majestic foxgloves with their fascinating arrangement of spots within the tube.

the majestic foxglove

The majestic foxglove

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

umbelliifers abound

Umbellifers abound

All shades of pink are represented by the striking cerise coloured wild roses with their contrasting yellow stamen, the pink campion, the buds of the sea carrot and the wild mallows.  Cool colours are displayed by the white ox-eye daisies, bindweed flowers, elderflowers and cow parsley.

On the two sided dry stone walls (or Cornish Hedges) the flat tops are thick with the rounded pale pink flowers of the thrift and the little slippers of the birdsfoot trefoil.

Along the coastal paths all these are joined by the gorse and the creamy, lemon or bright pink flowers of the mesembryanthemum.

mesembryanthemum

Mesembryanthemum

Cultivated gardens are not to be outdone. Giant balls of purple flowers of the alliums stand proudly in herbaceous borders, amongst scabious, cosmos, and cranesbill; whilst rambling roses tumble over walls and fences.  Cheerful marigolds give bright splashes of colour and cornflowers of an almost iridescent blue attract busy bees.

There are signs of future glories to come as the sweet peas continue the climb up and around their supporting obelisks and trellis. The agapanthus buds fatten and split, giving a hint of the showy flowers which will appear and last almost to September.  The large flower heads appear on the statuesque cardoons again giving a hint of things to come.

agapanthus

Agapanthus in abundance in Cornwall

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So whilst, as The Gardening Year poem suggests, “June ….. fills the children’s hands with posies”, there are plenty of glories to come later in the year.

 

A very big thank you to Christine – the author and photographer of this first guest blog post. We hope other guests may be inspired to follow suit and welcome any other submissions.

The iconic Jubilee Pool

One of the finest sights in historic Penzance has to be the iconic  art deco Jubilee Pool, down off the Penzance promenade beside the pier where the Scillonian docks.

Jublilee Pool

The inviting entrance gates

Jubilee pool

Solid sea defences

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

History

Designed in 1930 and opened in May 1935 in the year of King George’s Silver Jubilee, beside a popular bathing spot off the battery rocks it is definitely a ‘must see’ if not a ‘must do’!

Triangular in shape, with steps and Cubist style changing rooms the pool is of considerable architectural interest.

Plenty of space for sunbathing

 

 

 

 

 

 

This great recreational asset was in use for over 50 years until 1992 when it fell into disrepair. A restoration programme followed and it re-opened in 1994 and continued in use until the tragic storms of February 2014. Battered by the crashing waves it was in a very sorry state. A massive repair of the pool itself and strengthening of the sea defences programme followed and it re-opened in May 2016. In Feb 2017 it was transferred into community ownership, from Council owned and hopefully its future will now be stable.

“The transfer of Jubilee Pool is a great example of devolution in action. Devolution at its most worthwhile is about finding the best long term local custodians of an asset, in this case a pool that is valued and used by the local community. I applaud the Friends of Jubilee Pool for taking up the challenge.”

Cllr Adam Paynter, Cornwall Council.

Penzance Jubilee Pool

Penzance Jubilee Pool

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pool today

So worth a visit https://www.jubileepool.co.uk/plan-your-visit. The water is cold – it’s seawater that comes in and out with the tide but you will soon warm up again, sitting on those warm walls. It’s a bit of nostalgia for many of us. Back in the 1960’s it was the only pool for miles and many of us learnt to swim there – myself included!

Entry is only £5 for adults £3.50 for juniors and concessions. You might like to take a picnic or enjoy the recently opened Jubilee Pool café. The pool is 5 minutes drive from Boscrowan or a twenty minute walk downhill and maybe add another five minutes for the return journey!