The Helford River is a large estuary that nestles snugly between the western edge of Falmouth Bay and eastern side of The Lizard Peninsula. It is largely left to itself, being not the easiest place to reach other than by boat. Many of the roads in the area are no better than single track lanes, forcing drivers to drive slowly. Frequently, the trees form a shady arch right over the road, enhancing the charm of the area. Its forested creeks, sheltered valleys and rolling hills with Cornish gardens tumbling down to the river and pretty villages are often hidden away and it is very easy to get lost! But there are many delightful pubs awaiting you with good food on offer.
Last February I visited the Trebah Gardens on the Helford and I posted about it on my flower and garden blog so some of you reading this may well have seen this post before. As suggested by one of my readers, I am going to copy the first part of the post and then link to the original so you can go there to finish reading about the garden. I have discovered that although you can copy and paste text and individual photos, the process does not work for photos in a gallery. And I use a lot of galleries in my posts. Please tell me in the comments if this way of ‘reblogging a post works for you or not.
As the weather hasn’t been too bad recently I took the opportunity in early February to drive the 30 miles or so to the Helford river and pay a visit to Trebah gardens. Many of the Cornish gardens (and this is classed as one of the greats) are famous for their spring planting so I was interested to see what they had to show during the winter months. The colour is not always in the form of a flower – this month highlights the various tones and hues of brown, green, grey.
Sub-tropical succulents still provide colour and form above the Lawn Path.