Six on Saturday | Penzance in the Pink

A short post this week because there is still not a lot to show from my own garden, although one or two bulbs are flowering such as Hyacinths and Scilla. More of those later once I have a few more to add to the list. I have however managed to get out in between the showers and take a walk through a couple of local gardens. The George V Memorial Walk in Hayle is one of my favourites, and also nearest, and I love to take a stroll to see what is happening there. Made even more interesting in the winter due to the birds that migrate to this estuary. An Egret, Spoonbill, Terns, Redshank and Curlew were spotted on Wednesday. Always makes popping into the library an added pleasure.

But my six are from Penzance – Camellias with so many flowers and buds make it look like summer has arrived, but hold that thought. The Morab Gardens are a wonderful place to take time out and practice a bit of mindfulness as well as flower photography. And the tiny private gardens surrounding this park also have some gems to offer.

Chaenomeles × superba ‘Pink Lady’

Without further ado – six pinks from Penzance. Camellias, Cyclamen coumChaenomeles × superba ‘Pink Lady’ (I think) and what I believe are Argryranthemum frutescens in a container.

They say you should look around your neighbourhood to see what is in other gardens for ideas of what to plant in your own. All I have to do is find some room for one of those Japanese quinces (Chaenomeles superba) and maybe try the Argryranthemum frutescens again. I did have some growing that I overwintered one year, but then they died. For more gardens from around the world please visit our host – Jon – otherwise known as The Propagator – where you will find links in the comments.

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Six on Saturday


  1. Sue says:

    In the pink alright, Jude!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Just a quick dash up to the garden whilst the OH had a appointment to attend. I wasn’t expecting to see so many flowers.

      1. Sue says:

        I love it when expectations are exceeded!

  2. Sadje says:

    Beautiful pictures.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Beautiful flowers!

      1. Sadje says:

        Exactly. 🌸🌷🌺

  3. That’s a lovely selection of pinks! I haven’t seen any camellias but I don’t think they like our Kentish clay.

    1. Heyjude says:

      No, they prefer moist acidic soil. I was surprised by how many flowers and buds there were on these trees. Nice to get them before they turn brown. This weekend’s rain is not going to help.

  4. beetleypete says:

    A nice splash of colour, on a dreary day. You were lucky to find that so early in the year, Jude.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      I only popped into the garden because the weather wasn’t so good and I couldn’t get any interesting photos of the bay. I was surprised to see so many camellias in flower already.

  5. fredgardener says:

    So lucky you are to already have camellias in bloom. I should plant several more, especially winter varieties that would brighten the gloomy winter days …

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are definitely very cheerful Fred. I might look at buying a pink one for my garden, but the only one I have is a white double and that is still in bud. The big Cornish gardens on the other hand are always full of camellias.

  6. Wow amazing pinks. I have very fond memories of Penzance.

  7. susurrus says:

    This is a lovely themed selection. It’s amazing not just how many buds some camellias have, but also how long some of them seem to stay in bud before opening.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Mmm… mine has had buds for months!

  8. Such beautiful pinks, Jude. I wonder if we can grow Camellias here. We had a few in Johannesburg.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Probably too hot and humid where you live. They like moist and acidic soil.

  9. Looking good. My camellia buds have been on the verge of opening for so long giving up hope.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Mine has lots of buds, though some have blown off in the rough weather – it usually flowers in February / March so don’t give up hope on yours yet!

  10. One Man And His Garden Trowel says:

    Love pink flowers. Great photos.

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