Chilean Myrtle

Chilean  Myrtle (Luma apiculata) has attractive cinnamon bark which peels away to show creamy patches underneath. It looks particularly enchanting when bathed in sunlight. Trebah Garden – December 2019

Six on Saturday | Midwinter

A quick one this week as there is nothing of great interest to show from my own garden. It has been too wet and far too windy to do any further maintenance, and to be honest recently I have had a feeling of general apathy. Perhaps not unexpected at this time of year combined with…

Sweet Charity

Time to pause. Breathe. Relax. Mahonia x media “Charity” has highly fragrant, deep yellow flowers borne in long spreading racemes. A plant that tolerates both the cold and shade it is an excellent food provider for pollinators and a welcome sight in the dull grey winter days.

Garden Abstracts

On Wednesday we were without electricity for 9 hours. So instead of staying in an unheated house with no means of heating any food or drink we took the opportunity to head over to Trebah Gardens on the Helford River for lunch and a stroll. In winter the garden is not so colourful so I…

Six on Saturday | feelin’ the buzz

Not my garden, I hasten to make clear. But the wonderful sub-tropical paradise that is Trebah Garden, down on the Helford river in south-west Cornwall. I have visited twice during the last week, the second with my macro lens in the hope of finding some interesting flowers or beasties to capture up close. Life’s a…

Looking Good in the Garden

Generally speaking I do not go out a lot during the summer holidays as the roads are jammed, car parks full and places crowded. All things that do not appeal to me. But there are exceptions and given the autumnal weather we are currently experiencing I thought it would be nice to visit Trebah garden…

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…

Cornish favourites: Trebah garden

Another visit to the delightful Trebah Gardens down on the Helford River. This time in late spring when the rhododendrons and azaleas are in full bloom. Visiting Cornwall in springtime means that you must visit a garden or two. Cornwall gardens are magnificent in spring: Magnolias, Azaleas, Rhododendrons, Camelias and lots of other plants to see. Spring…

Cornish favourites: Trebah Garden

The Helford River is a large estuary that nestles snugly between the western edge of Falmouth Bay and eastern side of The Lizard Peninsula. It is largely left to itself, being not the easiest place to reach other than by boat. Many of the roads in the area are no better than single track lanes,…