Changing Seasons – February 2019

The latter part of February has been astonishingly different to this time last year. In 2018 we were shivering from the ‘beast from the east’,  plants were killed by unexpected snow and the country was in turmoil. This year we have had record-breaking temperatures of 20°C in Wales and even here in Cornwall the day time temperatures reached a balmy 16.5°C. The effect on the spring bulbs has been amazing. Crocuses flinging open their hearts in the sun, daffodils reaching for the blue skies, tulips forming buds, Camellias in their hundreds and even Magnolias casting off their velvet cloaks. So with all this going on I was excited to discover what was happening this month on the George V walk. The banks of the Copperhouse pool were clothed in dancing daffodils. More often than not I miss this spectacle by being too early or too late. This week though I timed it perfectly (header).

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George V Memorial Walk – february 25 2019
  • Row 1: Blue Hyacinth, Euphorbia, Osteospermum ‘Tresco Purple’, Red Camellia, Rosemary
  •  Row 2: Flower bud of an Agave, White Hyacinths, Epimedium, Crocus vernus, Euphorbia ‘Martini
  • Row 3: Ribes (flowering currant), Euphorbia mellifera (Honey Spurge) and close-up, White Osteospermum, Violas
  • Row 4: Hebe (Veronica), Zantedeschia (Arum lily), Aucuba japonica ‘Crotonifolia’ (Spotted Laurel), Vinca Major (Periwinkle), Echeveria
  • Row 5: Maybe a Salvia (?), Daphne odora, Senecio petasitis (Velvet groundsel), Lilac Hyacinth, Muscari  armeniacum (grape hyacinth)

The Changing Seasons | February


  1. What lovely spring weather and what a wonderful treat for February. I am so amazed at the variety of flowers you have already blooming.

    1. Heyjude says:

      There is always something blooming in this garden which makes it a real treat to walk through.

  2. What a perfect description is “magnolias casting off their velvet cloaks”. The collage says it all.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The magnolias brown outer covering (not sure what the botanical name for it is) is sooo soft and velvety.

  3. Chloris says:

    Wonderful spring photos.

    1. Heyjude says:

      This is a fascinating garden, with a mixture of plants from the UK, Australia and New Zealand and South Africa so there is usually something interesting to see.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I haven’t seen that. It is quite magnificent. I last visited Tintagel in 2013 I think.

      1. Perhaps a springtime return to Tintagel is in order.

  4. Island Time says:

    Beautiful photo collage, lovely spring weather you are enjoying over there! We are still freezing cold and wintery, unlike last year. Thanks for this taste of spring.

    1. Heyjude says:

      You are most welcome 😊

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