the turn of the rhodies

We returned to Trengwainton Gardens on 16 April in the glorious spring sunshine that even Cornwall was experiencing. Although we expected it to be busy due to the Easter holidays we were hoping that most people would head for the beaches. Having outlined the walk we usually do in my last post on this garden,…

Trelissick Garden in Spring

Following on from our Woodland walk in the Trelissick estate we entered the garden. Although the sun was beginning to fade again behind the hazy clouds and the wind becoming increasingly chilly, we enjoyed a quick walk around the top part of the gardens taking in the wonderful spring blooms that are currently in flower,…

Trelissick Woodland Walk

Trelissick Garden is on the River Fal between Truro and Falmouth. It is a popular place for visitors and locals as there are substantial walks through the surrounding woodland estate and open countryside for dog walkers.  Last Saturday, on hearing that it would be the best day for a while, we decided to pop over…

Can you ever have too many Camellias?

Cornish gardens are notorious in early spring for their abundance of Camellias, Magnolias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons.  And this year I am trying to visit as many as possible. In addition to the exercise we get by walking the miles of footpaths, I get to indulge my passion for flowers and my love of photography. Trengwainton…

Six on Saturday | Godolphin Gardens

Since not a lot has changed in my garden since last week – more of the same – I thought I would use a few flowers from a recent visit to another Cornish garden which is a short drive away  from me and open all year round. Famous for its bluebells in late spring I…

Summertime Memories

I am sitting on a wooden slatted bench complete with lichens; in the shade today as it is 26.5°C and that’s warm for Cornwall. The wind is sloughing through the trees above and opposite me, pigeons cooing. I have a book with me for a change and I will read in a moment or two, but…

Garden View: Trelissick

We popped over to Trelissick Gardens on a bright autumnal day towards the end of October aiming for a walk down to the beach and around the woodland to enter the garden near to the King Harry ferry crossing. Except when we arrived there was a notice informing us that the ferry  garden entrance was…

Six on Saturday | Scarecrows

A very different Six on Saturday today.  A week or so ago I visited the Trengwainton Gardens near Penzance mainly to have a look at the wonderful Scarecrow exhibition in the Walled garden. They hold it every year and with a different theme each time and this year’s theme of Inspirational Women commemorates 100 years since…

Garden View: Trengwainton

Trengwainton is Cornish for ‘house of springs’ which is a reference to the many small springs that run throughout the garden. It is a plant grower’s dream garden with plants collected from all over the world. In spring it is home to magnificent magnolias and camellias followed by rhododendrons and azaleas, then lush banana plants…

Garden View: under an autumn sky

October was a mixed bag of weather. Warm and sunny at first, followed by a couple of big storms and then days of dullness. When the sun finally reappeared we grabbed the chance to head off to Lanhydrock House and Gardens near Bodmin. On approaching our destination we were beginning to regret our choice as…