Cornish favourites: St Michael’s Mount

The gardens on St Michael’s Mount are well hidden from the mainland. The gardens are on the rocky slopes and are not easily accessible with the steep and narrow paths, steps and terraces and require constant maintenance and conservation to keep them in good condition.

You need to have nerves of steel and a head for heights if you want to explore this unique garden.

But if you do you will be amazed at the sub-tropical planting and you will not believe that you are in England.

View original post: May 2015


  1. restlessjo says:

    I’d give it a shot, today! Or pretty much any day, come to that. Sunk in northern gloom! πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Bit gloomy here too, but I’m quite happy to sit and read a book this afternoon.

      1. restlessjo says:

        Sunshine one minute, snow the next! Been to zumba and now eating leftover chocolate cheesecake from last night. πŸ™‚ James is in Matlock for a wedding and in need of thermals, I should think. Lisa says the snow is horizontal in Nottingham and she’s staying in bed.

        1. Heyjude says:

          I DO wish you’d stop tempting me with cake. I might consider baking some bread. And possibly cinnamon rolls. And maybe chocolate brownies. But then I’d have to eat them all.

        2. restlessjo says:

          Can we have sundried tomatos in the bread? You can keep the rest. Well, maybe a brownie for later πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        3. Heyjude says:

          Sundried tomatoes. Now that’s a thought for the next loaf.

        4. restlessjo says:

          We had some last night and there’s a scrap left. Might toast it in the morning. Did you bake? X

        5. Heyjude says:

          Bread for the chowder I made. Will make buns and brownies tomorrow as it doesn’t look like we’ll be going out anywhere!

        6. restlessjo says:

          Hmmph! Well I just wasted the afternoon xx

        7. Heyjude says:

          How come? Surely you weren’t waiting for my bread?

        8. restlessjo says:

          Good job I wasn’t. The snow is blowing down the road this morning. Or do I mean ICE? This wonderful world… PAH! 😦

        9. Heyjude says:

          Heck Jo, I have never heard you so down about the weather before. You really do not want to be in this county do you! House ready for sale then? Decluttering? Packing?

        10. restlessjo says:

          Should be doing all of those but I went for a snowy romp by the river in Chester-le-Street this morning, while Mick was finishing off a job up there. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ The snow is beautiful but the biting winds I can live without.

        11. Heyjude says:

          Glad you found time to embrace the snow πŸ™‚ Cold winds I agree are not welcome.

  2. Su Leslie says:

    Looks amazing. I totally lack the required β€œhead for heights” so am grateful for your photos πŸ˜€

    1. Heyjude says:

      Did you follow the link? More wonderful flowers there.

      1. Su Leslie says:

        I really love the contrast between the hard grey rock, and the delicate, colourful flowers.

        1. Heyjude says:

          It’s a totally different garden to the normal Cornish gardens that are full of spring trees and shrubs. Goodness knows what damage the recent arctic spell has had on them though. Not normal for snow down here and certainly not twice in one month 😦

  3. Lynn says:

    Stunning! I might be a little out of breath but I would definitely visit!

    1. Heyjude says:

      If it’s not too busy then you can take your time, I hate going when there are lots of people on the narrow paths and steps and having to squeeze past as some of the routes do not have hand-rails.

      1. Lynn says:

        Non-crowded would be my preference as well!

  4. beetleypete says:

    I haven’t been up there since I was a child. I like to think I might visit again one day. I don’t really have a fear of heights, so wouldn’t mind the paths.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      On a sunny day Pete it is truly delightful.

  5. This is one place we wanted to visit but just couldn’t manage in the time we have. I think next UK trip should be just in Cornwall, for at least a month. πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      It is quite close to us and as we have NT membership we visit quite often.

  6. Anabel Marsh says:

    Beautiful. We visited at the other end of the season when the garden had just closed – still got sight of it (and some photographs) by hanging over the walls above.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I have visited later in the year and didn’t find it as interesting, though nice to see the aloes and succulents flowering.

  7. Ros says:

    It looks amazing. I’ve only been once. About ten years ago. It was a summer evening and everything was closed by the time we got there. I wouldn’t have been able to walk round the garden anyway. Getting across the causeway was enough of a challenge for me, physically. But it was a lovely evening nonetheless – and it’s also lovely to see what I missed. Thank you πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      You are welcome. It does have a very peaceful air about it once all the coach loads of people have departed.

  8. Dina says:

    I’d love to revisit this place. This is absolutely gorgeous! We walked over on the causeway in January after we left you. It was pure magic, but the garden and the house were obviously closed. Very happy to see how it looks in spring, Jude.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Very busy in spring and summer, but the gardens are stunning. I shall be back when they open in mid April.

  9. Wow. I want that garden πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’d love the plants in it, but not the maintenance on those steep terraces.

      1. Yeah I saw that. A bit like St James and the gardens above Rhodes Cottage in Muizenberg actually.

  10. seraphsun says:

    It’s so beautiful! Looks like a place out of a fairytale!

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