The story of an evolving garden, in a unique part of the UK. Its ups and downs, trial and errors. This is not written by an expert horticulturalist, but someone who would like to share the story of quite a unique and loved garden in the far west of Cornwall.
The first Acer in full foliage is glorious in the sunshine today, such attractive golden foliage. This was here in a pot when we moved in and over the last 10 years has thrived. It first became too big for the pot so we moved it to the edge of the rose garden, but it continued to thrive and became too large for that location, so it was moved to its present position against the Cornish hedge that is the front boundary of the property. I would imagine that it is the variety japonicum 'Aureum'. This is the third season in its current position, and at first it was not too happy, but it really seems to be thriving again this year, so here it will stay!
There is another Acer behind the Aureum, and its history is the same. First in a pot then moved to the other side of the rose garden. It is thriving but its foliage appears quite a while later than its companion. It, like all the Acers, is an attractive tree. Its foliage starts green but changes to red.
There are a few features that make the garden quite unique, and are therefore worth a mention. We are located less than a mile from the sea at Mount's Bay (Bay an Garrek in Cornish), the largest bay in Cornwall, a large sweeping bay stretching from the Lizard Point to Gwennap Head. The north of the bay is the fairy-tale castle emerging from the water, St Michael's Mount. Our property was the gardener's lodge, situated at the gates marking the start of a long drive leading to the grade II listed Georgian Manor House, built on the site of a castle constructed in the 12th century. The long, sweeping drive is bordered by the obligatory mature trees. However, due to the building of a bypass, which transected said sweeping drive, it is now a lane going nowhere . This is rather nice for us because we have unused woodland outside our gates instead of, what would have been, back in the day, a busy drive. Our pedestrian gate can be seen to the left, under a black arch. A st
The East side of the garden, showing the top retaining wall. You might spot the top of a huge rock protruding from the ground. This was uncovered when the ground was being levelled, and it being too big to move, was kept as a feature. Cornwall experiences quite a lot of rainfall, especially January/February/March time, and the area directly in front of the retaining wall sometimes looks like a garden pond! This picture shows the wall and the top of the rock. It also shows the palm - more about that below. The dogwoods were planted some 5 years ago, and seem to have no problem with their 'feet' being in soggy ground for a large part of the year. They are very happy, and I have to cut them back each year to stop them growing too tall and obscuring the colourful plants that will be planted on top of the wall, between the row of conifers. The variety is Alba 'Sibirica' and these plants with their eye-catching stems, provide winter colour. It is said that they should
A good friend, who belongs to a local yacht club, found us this disused boat. It is positioned next to the river that runs through the garden. We painted it and try to keep it brim full of seasonal flowers all year round. At Christmas we decorated it with lights and created 'sails' from the stands of lights. It looks so nice at night, that we decided to keep them, so it is lit up all year round. Really pleased with the daffodils and hyacinths this year. The frog, with his heather 'hair' is at the helm.