a winter walk by the Fal

Camellias in flower

West Cornwall feels like another country to me with its lush ferns, palm trees and brightly coloured camellias which flourish in the coastal gardens. No more so than at this time of year when most of the rest of the country is frozen and brown.

Some of the Camellias already in flower

Another bright winter’s day took us down to the Fal river to one of my favourite gardens – Trelissick. Although it’s a garden that I have visited many times there is always something new to discover. The gardeners have been very busy tidying up the winter debris and pruning the shrubs and trees. Camellias are already flowering and there were snowdrops in several locations with many more to come. Daffodils were well on their way and like Godolphin it’s a garden we need to visit in a month’s time to admire the progress.

The Water Tower at Trelissick Gardens which is self catering accommodation. This Rapunzel-esque tower, once used as a reservoir in the 1860s, sleeps 2.

Photographing  a garden during the winter is very different than in the summer months. Then it’s all about the flowers and the colours. Now it’s about structure, form and light. The trees without their summer dress are magnificent and the only decision is which direction to position oneself.

Three trees dancing on the tennis lawn in the sunlight with the Carrick Roads behind.
The orchard
A bench in the sun with a magnificent view over the water.

My Algarvian friend Jo loves an English spring garden, especially camellias and I am sure she’d love visiting this place with this view.

Carrick Road views

Jo’s Monday Walk

44 Comments Add yours

  1. bushboy says:

    Thanks for the lovely walk around Jude. Love the dancing trees and the last view 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      There are a lot of trees here which I love. I’m sure you would enjoy this garden Brian, plenty of benches for us to sit and have a chinwag.

      1. bushboy says:

        That is my sort of place 🙂

  2. Oh, I’d LOVE to stay in that tower! If we ever come back to Cornwall…

    1. Heyjude says:

      One room per floor. And the bathroom is on the ground floor…

  3. Suzanne says:

    Must be a thing to renovate water towers. Not very convenient place to site the toilet. Reminds me of the need to have a potty underneath the bed 😉 Even in winter the scenery is lovely with the drama of bare trees.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well the bedroom is on the next floor and the living area at the top, so not too bad, unless you need to go in the middle of the night 😂

  4. Graham says:

    Lovely views, Jude. I’d stay in that tower without hesitation! I love all the shadows, particularly that bench.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Graham. That bench comes with a great view too. 😁

  5. kewtiebird says:

    Pretty scenery! (I love that cute water tower.)

    1. Heyjude says:

      The tower seems very popular. It does look good.

  6. It would be fun to stay in that water tower for a couple of nights, especially surrounded by such a gorgeous garden.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Definitely a quirky place to stay.

  7. Ann Mackay says:

    Thank you for sharing this beautiful garden visit – it has cheered me immensely. (Feeling thoroughly fed up of the cold here! Your winters must be a fair bit milder than ours.)

    1. Heyjude says:

      Much milder, but much wetter too. Something my joints are certainly not happy about this winter.

  8. Su-shi says:

    Hello! I just came across your blog. Such wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing and greetings from Germany.

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