Fairy Flowers

Our native type (Hyacinthoides non-scripta, otherwise named common bluebells, English bluebells, British bluebells, wood bells, fairy flowers and wild hyacinth) appears in ancient woodlands and along woodland edges in April and May. The sweetly scented flowers only droop from one side of the stem and have narrow leaves unlike the Spanish invaders which are paler and…

the turn of the rhodies

We returned to Trengwainton Gardens on 16 April in the glorious spring sunshine that even Cornwall was experiencing. Although we expected it to be busy due to the Easter holidays we were hoping that most people would head for the beaches. Having outlined the walk we usually do in my last post on this garden,…

Trelissick Garden in Spring

Following on from our Woodland walk in the Trelissick estate we entered the garden. Although the sun was beginning to fade again behind the hazy clouds and the wind becoming increasingly chilly, we enjoyed a quick walk around the top part of the gardens taking in the wonderful spring blooms that are currently in flower,…

Trelissick Woodland Walk

Trelissick Garden is on the River Fal between Truro and Falmouth. It is a popular place for visitors and locals as there are substantial walks through the surrounding woodland estate and open countryside for dog walkers.  Last Saturday, on hearing that it would be the best day for a while, we decided to pop over…

Around Trencrom

In early April we were hit once more by wind and rain, freezing temperatures and hailstones, but shortly before that I managed to get in a circular walk around the lanes and the base of Trencrom Hill. Last time I did this I managed to get stuck in the mud and ended up walking half…

Can you ever have too many Camellias?

Cornish gardens are notorious in early spring for their abundance of Camellias, Magnolias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons.  And this year I am trying to visit as many as possible. In addition to the exercise we get by walking the miles of footpaths, I get to indulge my passion for flowers and my love of photography. Trengwainton…

Godolphin Gardens in early Spring

Godolphin is a historic estate built on land rich in tin and copper. It was developed by the Godolphin family before political power beckoned and the grounds and buildings became a tenant farm holding. Around 1300 Sir Alexander Godolghan built a castle here, laid out on a 4.5-acre site divided into 9 equal-sized squares. The…

An Early Spring Walk

On a bright and beautiful almost springlike day last week we drove over to Lanhydrock gardens which is not far from Bodmin. Takes about an hour, but it is an easy drive along the A30 pretty much the entire way. From the car park where there is an impressive café, plus toilets, bike hire shop…

A Valentine’s Day Walk

It wasn’t a deliberate decision to go out on Valentine’s Day as we don’t bother with it, but we had to pop out into St Ives anyway and since it was turning into a lovely sunny day we decided to drive over to Trebah Garden on the Helford river for lunch and a walk in…

Garden View: Bonython Manor Gardens

Bonython is a 20 acre garden I have yearned to visit since moving to Cornwall. Typical of the usual Cornish spring plantings of Camellias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons and Magnolias it then explodes into colour during the summer with hot South African planting reminiscent of the owner’s home country. It is a little out-of-the-way situated on…