Garden View: Trengwainton

Trengwainton is Cornish for ‘house of springs’ which is a reference to the many small springs that run throughout the garden. It is a plant grower’s dream garden with plants collected from all over the world. In spring it is home to magnificent magnolias and camellias followed by rhododendrons and azaleas, then lush banana plants…

Cornish favourites: Levant Mine

If you are interested in the Cornish mines and specifically the ruins, but not keen on going underground (Geevor) or walking on steep cliffs (Botallack / Wheal Coates / Rinsey) then Levant is the place for you.  Its main attraction is that it has the world’s only Cornish beam engine still operated by steam on…

Cornish favourites: Glendurgan

Glendurgan is another Cornish garden run by the National Trust and famous for its spring planting of magnolias, camellias, azaleas and rhododendrons. Paths lead down to the beach where you can sit and watch life on the Helford river whilst eating an ice-cream before returning through the tree ferns and other exotic shrubs and tree…

Cornish favourites: Lanhydrock in springtime

Lanhydrock in Cornwall is famous for its large collection of magnolias – a shrub with a well-deserved reputation as a garden aristocrat. They have over 120 varieties growing in the gardens. It is a house and garden that I have visited often over the years, but spring must be the best time to see the…

Cornish favourites: St Michael’s Mount

The gardens on St Michael’s Mount are well hidden from the mainland. The gardens are on the rocky slopes and are not easily accessible with the steep and narrow paths, steps and terraces and require constant maintenance and conservation to keep them in good condition. You need to have nerves of steel and a head…

Cornish favourites: Trelissick

I have been to the Trelissick gardens many times and usually in spring time when the grounds are full of the usual Cornish blooms – magnolia, camellia, rhododendrons, azaleas. There are several walks through the parkland and woodland too. It is a place I never tire of, but maybe next time I shall continue across…

Cornish favourites: Carnewas and Bedruthan Steps

Yesterday I reblogged this post, but the excerpt from the original appeared very badly formatted – I learned that you cannot edit the excerpt and you cannot undo the reblog to try again. One of my readers, the lovely Dina, wondered whether it is possible to simply copy and paste the original, leaving the images…

Conquering Godolphin Hill

We’ve visited the Godolphin gardens several times since discovering this charming estate in the middle of the countryside of west Cornwall, but never found the time to walk up the hill. Now we are living only a 15 minutes drive away we definitely have the time. In spring you see delicate violets hunkering down amongst the yet to…

St Michael’s Mount

You will have seen photos of St Michael’s Mount before on Travel Words, but never like this. ( Please click to enlarge)

Bluebells in the Woods

One of the most rewarding sights in spring is discovering that cobalt blue haze in the woodland. We are very lucky in the British Isles as we have around 40% of the world’s bluebells, so what we take for granted is actually quite unique. All photos taken in Godolphin estate, nr Leedstown, Cornwall.