A Woodland Walk

A Woodland Walk

I don’t need much of an excuse to visit a garden and after a year of watching my new garden grow I have decided that it is in need of some extra plants so what better than to combine a trip to a nursery which also has its own woodland gardens (Ailsa of Travel Theme is gardening this week too).

Burncoose Nursery is rather famous as it appears annually at the Chelsea Flower Show and runs a mail order service, it also has a 30 acre woodland garden which comes into its own in spring.

” Much of the charm of Burncoose Gardens is the carpets of bluebells, daffodils, primroses, snowdrops and wild violets which grow in abundance in the late winter and spring”

Having driven past many times over the past year, this week I decided it was time for a visit. With a list of desired plants of course.

The Lodge drive is lined either side with rhododendrons and azaleas and small clumps of bluebells, the recent wind and rain had caused damage to the fragile flowers, but there was still plenty of colour around.

Veering off the drive into the woodland itself I was accompanied by a friendly Border collie dog who seemed to want me to follow her amongst the rhododendrons.

And eventually to the largest patch of bluebells, magnificent under a stand of beech trees freshly dressed in light green which contrasted with the deep blue carpet.

At the pond the dog and I parted company as she met another couple and proved to be disloyal by deciding to abandon me and accompany them on their stroll. I returned to the nursery as I still had a job to do. I still wonder if they thought I had left my dog behind!

Of course Cornwall is pretty famous for its spring gardens and there are a lot to choose from. You haven’t seen the last from me. And I might reblog some of the great Cornish gardens that I wrote about on Earth Laughs in Flowers

If you like a walk, long or short, then please visit Jo for her regular strolls in the UK and the Algarve and maybe you could join in too.