Looking for Camellias

We picked a sunny day on Saturday for another garden walk, this time driving to the Trebah Gardens which lies on the Helford River. I was hoping to find some of the autumn/winter flowering camellias, but apart from one white one which was flowering too high for me to get a decent photo, the camellias were sadly missing, though plenty of the spring flowering ones were in bud.

However, all was not lost.  The first thing to catch my eye was the pretty Grevillea followed by the succulents, still looking good, above the lawn path. Although bathed in sunshine, the rocky ledge where people sit to enjoy the view was, on this day, devoid of people. And wet from the overnight rain. So we didn’t linger, but headed up above the valley to find one of the paths down to the beach.

I had the prime lens on my camera for close-ups, but had to use the phone for wider views.

And views aplenty there were. With the deciduous trees bare of leaves it was easier to get a few shots of the valley floor and over to the Helford River and out to sea.

After a short time on the beach watching the boats and another friendly robin it was time to head back to the entrance.

It was surprising to see so many hydrangeas still attempting to flower. These shrubs are cut down in early spring so they are at their peak in the summer. I hope they can get some more gardeners back on site because it is a mammoth effort.

I can never resist the Bamboozle. Maybe its the word ‘booze’ that attracts me! And Trebah has a fine collection of bamboos.

Due to the current Covid rules and restrictions you have to prebook your visit, even if you only want to visit the café or shop. And the route around the garden is one-way only. Because of this we missed out on visiting Alice’s Seat where the scent of Sarcococca confusa (Sweet or Christmas Box)  invades the air around it at this time of year. Another visit is due in early February to look for snowdrops.

Jo’s Monday Walk


  1. Elizabeth says:

    Do you get hard frosts there? If so what are the dates that are usually freeze free. Here we have a window only from April 30 to October 30 when we can expect no loss of tender plants. I never heard of winter camellias which is why I am wondering about your climate.

    1. Heyjude says:

      There is hardly any frost in Cornwall. The autumn flowering ones are camellia sasanqua which flower into winter and are often fragrant.

      1. Elizabeth says:

        I continue to learn as much as I can about Cornwall and still plan to visit, even if it isn’t until 2022.

  2. Ann Mackay says:

    What a beautiful garden visit! We went there years ago (2006) in early spring, so I’ve enjoyed being to see it at this time of year through your lovely post. 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Cornish gardens are at their best in spring, but many are extending their seasons now. Trebah is beautiful all year round, but as it is not owned by the NT we tend to visit more in the winter months when it is half price!

      1. Ann Mackay says:

        Cornwall seems to have lots of wonderful gardens!

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