Yesterday was so-called 'Blue Monday', the day of the year when we're supposed to be at our most miserable. I can't think of a better way to counteract the winter blues than to visit a garden, especially when it's in Cornwall.
Come with me for a quick pick me up trot around Heligan, which I had the good fortune to visit last week...
The warmer Cornish climate is always going to cheer the heart in January, especially when the Camellias are enormous and in full flower like this one. There were plenty of daffodils in evidence too, plus lots of tender plants such as Dicksonia not wearing fleecy winter coats like they need in my garden.
This is a garden that gives hope that spring will come, even in the darkest days of winter.
|Click to enlarge for a better view of the garden details|
Winter is a great time to admire fruit tree pruning perfection, top-up greenhouse and cold frame envy, and appreciate the odd splashes of colour to be found in the enormous kitchen garden. I also added tool shed envy to my list of sighs, though only my photo of the hundreds of terracotta pots in there is worthy of inclusion on our walk.
Heligan takes advantage of the sea's bounty as they're allowed to harvest local seaweed for their mulched beds. It's also here in the kitchen garden where we find many of the poignant reminders of Heligan's story of the gardeners who left for WWI and never returned.
I idly wondered what happens if a gardener appears with the wrong wheelbarrow for the area they're looking after ;)
|The walk to The Jungle... and back. A small selection of the views and plants we found|
We did have time to admire the restios, agaves and other unusual plants; focus in on interesting textures, bark in particular; have a discussion on land art (such as Andy Goldsworthy - the pictured form is Growth and Decay by Cornish sculptor James Eddy); and to sniff the glorious Mahonia, thoughtfully placed at the side of one of the paths, just at a time when a pause for a breather was needed.
|Thanks to Naomi Slade for her invitation to join her for her talks at the Cornwall Garden Society|
Thanks goes to Heligan for their hospitality and allowing us to go garden bothering at relatively short notice, and to the Cornwall Garden Society for making us both so welcome.
|I loved the use of old tools in the artwork decorating Heligan's cafe. Their salads are fab too!|
Update: Naomi has A Different View of our visit, in her usual thoughtful, lyrical style.