Mousehole : A Winter Walk

Last Thursday was the 6th anniversary of the date on which we collected the keys to our Cornish house and the first night we spent here (camping on blow-up beds). Our actual move date isn’t until the end of March, but we like to acknowledge this memorable date too so off we went for lunch…

Eden Lights

This month sees the end of the colour challenge that I was hosting over on Travel Words. It was great fun challenging myself and others to focus on one colour at a time each month. December was all about the mixing of bright colours and a round trip of just under 100 miles to visit…

Another Monday Spring Walk

To be truthful this was on a Saturday as this particular garden isn’t open on Mondays. Despite the cold wind blowing down from the Arctic the sun was shining as I headed to the Helford River and Glendurgan Gardens. And yes we’ve been here before. And in Rhododendron time, but I know how much Jo…

A Monday Spring Walk

Making the most of the spring sunshine and dry weather this April we popped over to Trelissick last Monday. Still having to book a slot means that you can’t just visit a garden on a whim. The morning began with a somewhat showery day and a bitterly cold northerly wind, but we decided to go…

Easter Monday Magnolia Walk

Sunny and warm weather last week enticed us to visit Lanhydrock, surely the most beautiful garden for magnificent magnolias? From the whitest of white M. stellata ‘Donna’ to the giant voluptuous deep purple goblets of M. ‘Apollo’, there are blooms with all shades in between. As with most National Trust gardens you have to pre-book…

A Riverside Walk – Noonvares

The Godolphin estate also extends into the woodland and the area surrounding the River Hayle. Yes that same river which often features in my Hayle harbour posts. It’s not a very big river by all means, in fact one might say it is just a narrow, but fast flowing stream and is only 12 miles…

Meteorological spring

We have been here before in spring, but the last time was a  year ago just before the first lockdown in England.  Trengwainton (NT) gardens in nearby Madron are not open all year round, but they are now, although due to the current Covid-19 restrictions you do have to pre-book so numbers are limited. And…

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…

Garden Walk in Winter

When visiting a garden in winter you have to adjust your expectations and seek out  patterns, shapes, and muted colours that don’t necessarily call out to you when the garden is otherwise full of colour. Different kinds of moss, lichens and bark now have their time for you to closely observe. Take your time to…

herbaceous borders

A herbaceous border is a collection of perennial herbaceous plants arranged closely together, usually to create a dramatic effect through colour, shape or large scale. The head gardener here obviously knows his stuff as these borders are jam-packed with plants and brilliantly choreographed. Lanhydrock is one of my favourite gardens in the spring as their…