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 was interested to see what was growing this early in the year.

In the King’s Garden, a walled garden bordering the King’s Room, the magnolias were just beginning to open their blooms, but mostly they were still tightly curled in soft brown velvet. Extremely strokable. There are signs of life to come, but flowers were limited to cyclamen coum, common primroses, prostrate rosemary in flower, pulmonaria and some wonderful pink almond blossom espaliered on the sunny wall.

  1. Almond Blossom.
  2. Primroses. I prefer the common primrose – Primula vulgaris – which you find growing wild in the Cornish hedges, the flowers are typically pale yellow, though white or pink forms are often seen in nature. I have some of the more vulgar shades in my woodland border that I planted there after using them as tulip pot toppers. I think it is time to remove them now and replace with something more subtle.
  3. Catkins. I am not sure what the tree is, but the catkins were splendid, shining like golden rain in the wintry sunshine. We noticed a tree on the way to the garden which was heart-stoppingly beautiful. This one is in the Renaissance garden.
  4. Euphorbia/Spurge. I don’t know the type but the burgundy-red tips were very eye-catching. Edit: (Could it be euphorbia amygdaloides purpurea?) I saw one in the plant stall at Lanhydrock this week and it looked similar.)
  5. Snowdrops. I haven’t got any in flower in my own garden, but I do like them. Godolphin has a few clumps scattered around the borders and on the hedges. These were open in the sun and showing off the pretty green markings.
  6. Crocuses and my first Bumble BEE! They have hives  in part of the original 17th century garden with native black Cornish honey bees. I didn’t see any of those, but hopefully they will be out and about soon.

I couldn’t leave this post without a photo of one of my favourite views of the garden along the neatly clipped hedges (Box?)  back towards the house. I know, that makes it seven, but hopefully no one is counting. The header photograph shows one of the wide borders with clumps of daffodils at the ready. I have already noted on my calendar to return in two weeks time.

The National Trust took over the estate in 2000 and restored the garden, fully appreciating that ‘this garden is not about plants and flowers but about the unique surviving remains of a medieval pattern’. The garden was designed in the 14th century ‘modernised’ in the 16th century, since when the planting has changed but the space has been remarkably unchanged. I like this garden for the simple reason that it is small. The flower beds can easily be recreated in a normal garden and the soil is similar to mine so I can get ideas of what to plant.

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  1. Colline says:

    Beautiful flowers. Perfect for spring.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well we are not quite there yet Colline, but I am enjoying this early burst of colour. Set to rain next week, naturally!

      1. Colline says:

        Of course! I hope the rains do not damage the flowers

  2. cavershamjj says:

    My magnolia are also at the strokeable stage. Very tactile!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I shall look forward to seeing your magnolia in a later SoS. I’m wondering now if you have pink or white. Stellata or the goblet variety.

      1. cavershamjj says:

        It’s a white stellata, a dwarf. By the front door.

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