A Summer Garden

Godolphin Garden is an easy drive away for me and we often pop down there for a walk when doing the supermarket or library run. I know, life is so exciting once you have retired! There are many reasons for liking this garden which I have spoken about before. The lack of crowds, the feeling of it being an ordinary garden with plants suited to the area including allowing native flowers to take their position in the borders and Cornish hedges and among the stone steps around the buildings.
My last visit was in March when spring was just beginning. Three months later it is all change in the garden. Foxgloves, lupins, roses, Phlox, Knautia and Ox-Eye daisies mix and match with other perennial plants. It is a cottage garden and all very soft and romantic. Plants have been selected to benefit bees, butterflies and other pollinators and there is a distinctive buzz as you wander round.

The herbaceous borders in the King’s Garden are overflowing. Where there was once low ground-hugging plants are now towering spikes. The scent of dozens of roses and birdsong fills the air. This sheltered courtyard garden is always the first place I head to and in summer is a real sun-trap.

Sunlight makes the foxgloves glow. Deep rich purple, violet-blue and magenta are softened by clumps of white and pale pinks. Nodding pink-yellow Turk’s cap lilies with their copper hanging stamens stand side by side with the new copper leaves of a rose. A chance planting? Or someone with good plant knowledge.

Moving into the side gardens I am pleased to see the experimental wild flower patch is doing well. I hope that one day the NT will cultivate the large side garden paddock, where the native black bee hives are located, into such a beautifulΒ  sight. They are going to redevelop the old ponds at the top of the garden once the crumbling old out-buildings have been renovated. If these are to be turned into holiday rentals then the money should roll in. I know I would love to stay in a cottage in this garden.

Poppies, corn marigolds, ox-eye daisies, corncockles and cornflowers are among the mixture.

The recent rain and wind has had an affect on the roses here in this less sheltered part of the gardens. I was itching to dead-head some of the balled up heads and mouldy flowers. Meanwhile rich blue Irises, the last of the Peonies, pretty pale Scabious, Knautia macedonica with its dramatic dark-crimson pompoms and sweet-smelling pure white Phlox provide interest and scent in the borders. The garden at Godolphin is being managed for wildlife and to provide a beautiful garden full of flowers and scent for people to enjoy all year. It is certainly one that I enjoy.

Jo’s Monday Walk

  • Godolphin Cross,
  • Helston,
  • Cornwall,
  • England,
  • TR13 9RE
  • Website:Β Godolphin House


  1. Murtagh's Meadow says:

    This looks like my kind of garden. Fabulous.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Starting to get a bit crowded here now πŸ˜‰

  2. restlessjo says:

    Thanks so much, honeybun! I could just imagine you dead heading as you go. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I have to admit, I’d be sorely tempted too! I’ve always loved cottagey gardens, Jude. Pure nostalgia! πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      This is definitely a cottage garden, so it seems mine is too as I grow a lot of the same plants. I so wanted a more exotic look, but have come to realise it is far too windy up here.

      1. restlessjo says:

        We can do exotic but it’s still easy to kill stuff. Never satisfied, hey? Going to see the youngster today? I’m up on the roof admiring the view. Back down to earth soon πŸ˜πŸŒΉπŸŒΌπŸŒ»πŸŒΈπŸ›πŸπŸ’•

        1. Heyjude says:

          Meeting up with youngest son tomorrow – he’s down with in-laws in St Ives would you believe! Thankfully the weather has been lovely this week, though still a bit of a chilly wind.

  3. beetleypete says:

    Nice to have such a pleasant place on the way to the supermarket.
    Lots of Foxgloves to admire around here at the moment too.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Foxgloves on the out here, as are many of the lane flowers, but now purple heathers appearing on the moors and cliffs.

  4. Sue says:

    Go dolphin looks so my kind of place!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, it has that romantic charm like your favourite garden. Polesden Lacy is a nice one too – especially around the rose garden. And closer to you!

  5. bushboy says:

    Love the wildflower garden. Thanks for looking after the bees.:)

  6. So pretty, and you managed to sneak in a lovely bench too. 😊

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  7. Colline says:

    So beautiful and so full of colour!

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s a lovely place for quiet contemplation.

  8. Joanne Sisco says:

    To be surrounded by all that glorious colour! … and I can imagine the scent in the air, a commingling of different flowers creating a scent unique to this space. Sigh. It looks like a perfect place to linger.

  9. Delightful! I love the trend for wildflower gardens – I spotted two in Glasgow that weren’t there last time I passed by.

  10. Sandra says:

    Beautiful. One I shall visit one day πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      So many Cornish gardens to visit, I never seem to have enough time!

      1. Sandra says:

        It’s a nice problem to have πŸ™‚

        1. Heyjude says:

          A bit like beaches! So many and all beautiful!

        2. Sandra says:

          :D! (Your beach photo today is glorious. Today would be a perfect day to be visiting!)

        3. Heyjude says:

          Indeed. A perfect blue sky day. We are visiting the north coast instead.

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