Thursday Special: Vernal

Enjoying a visit to a spring garden

Cornwall is famous for its spring gardens, where magnolias and camellias bloom in February followed swiftly by snowdrops, primroses, azaleas, rhododendrons, bluebells and many other delights.

Although I have visited Trelissick garden on the Fal river many times, it is always a joy to see what is flowering. This time I decided to play around with the art effects on my camera to mix things up a bit.

Pop over to Paula to see more spring delights.


  1. restlessjo says:

    Spring has temporarily left the building here, Jude. The sky is every colour but blue! Interesting, though πŸ™‚ Happy Saturday!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Jo. A bit blowy and cloudy down here too, but the sun does keep popping out to say hello πŸ™‚

  2. BeckyB says:

    ooh was enjoying the pics before I read your words and for a moment with one of them I thought it was my eyes not you having fun! Love the penultimate one – green with a hint of camellia coming out.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Sorry about that! Sometimes I get a little bored trying to figure different ways of photographing the same things so I thought I’d change the settings for a bit. It can produce some interesting shots and I particularly like the one with the people in, with their crinkly jeans and jackets. I will do a more normal post soon!

  3. beetleypete says:

    They remind me of oil paintings, Jude, which I suppose is the idea.
    Raining here today, more like that April we never really had. I think the year is running one month behind!
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are certainly having a very wet spring in Canada I believe. Here it feels like June already!

  4. Sue says:

    Goodness, Jude, you’ve certainly mixed things up a bit here! Eye-popping colours, to boot

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well the eye-popping colours are (almost) real πŸ™‚

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  5. Paula says:

    A refreshing post, Jude. It was fun, wasn’t it? Thank you for these blooms.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Paula, glad you liked the photos.

  6. Tina Schell says:

    The beauty of winter is that it makes us appreciate Spring, right Jude?? Beautifully done

    1. Heyjude says:

      Too true.

  7. Elizabeth says:

    When do you usually have your last frost? Again, the camellias remind me so much of the Pacific Northwest of the US which also gets lots of rain, though off the Pacific Ocean.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Cornwall doesn’t get too much frost, I think we had about three during the winter, but in other parts of the country they can still happen until mid May. The gulf stream keeps the temperatures warmer along the western coast. I think wind is probably what causes most damage, especially to trees, here in Cornwall.

  8. Sue Slaght says:

    I was struck by the blooms that begin in February! How wonderful is that in itself! I love the editing you have done with these Jude. Pretty in pink comes to mind.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Sue. I will get around to a proper post about the garden, but in the meantime my own garden is crying out for some help!

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    What fun, it’s surprising to see what works well and what doesn’t. I haven’t been to Trellissick, but I’m not keen on Rhodies. I’ve woken up to glorious sunshine when rain was forecast, I hope you have to.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’m not a rhodie fan either, too flamboyant for me, but I do like the colours of the azaleas. We had rain yesterday, today is cloudy, windy but so far dry. Still a lot to do in the garden, but I feel too tired today.

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