West Cornwall is renown for its unique climate – the Gulf stream, close to the sea, etc, etc and here at Boscrowan in our own sheltered valley after a very mild although wet winter we have some truly amazing specimens this year in addition to all our usual summer colour.
First and foremost and biggest by far is the Agave Americana in our front garden which was planted soon after we moved here in 1999 as a small plant of about 6″ across and even less in height.
Agave Americana – our tallest flower ever
The measuring stick is a 4.8m length of wood – to give you an idea of scale! The bud first appeared at the end of October last year and has grown all winter and continues to develop and we are now in June and the flowers are still forming. Sad to think at the end of all this the whole plant will die!
Then we have the Puya Chilensis which I grew from seed bought on Tresco in the Isles of Scilly about 10 years ago
A large clump of Puya Chilensis
The Paul Noel rose (a gift from a cottage guest) gives the most stunning display on the garage each year, the foxgloves have been amazing and we have planted a magnolia area down near the pond this year.
Paul Noel rose
Magnolia Summer solstice
Just a few more garden images to share……
Down near the pond
And for us it’s a busy time mowing grass (his job) deadheading, planting out from seeds raised in our large greenhouse (her job with a bit of help from outside sometimes) and time to enjoy it sitting in the summerhouse over a bottle of prosecco.
The quaint seaside village of Mousehole is just 15 minutes drive away. Drop down into Penzance, travel along the seafront promenade, past Newlyn with its lines of fishing boats in the harbour and with magnificent views of the sea and the majestic island of St Michaels Mount in the sea beyond and you arrive at Mousehole, already entranced – and that’s the feeling I still experience every time I drive along here. Park on the road on the left, just before The Old Coastguard Hotel or in the car park beside and walk through those narrow streets (driving through those narrow roads might raise your blood pressure unnecessarily!) and soak up that view. Or we do have guests that walk here from Boscrowan and there’s a frequent bus service between Mousehole and Penzance should fatigue set in.
There’s the Rock Pool Café at the bottom of the car park – great for eating inside or outside – both have that view, or The Old Coastguard Hotel if a bigger menu and a bar are more on your list, or maybe save them for the return route – there are more places to eat beyond.
The Old Coastguard Hotel, Mousehole
The harbour beyond is one of the most picturesque ever.
Try the Wholefoods Deli for a meal a snack or a takeaway to enjoy outside and the best sourdough bread although the toasted saffron bun is maybe best given a miss after it has been transformed into a biscuit by the panini press.
On the harbour railings
On recommendation from our guests the ice cream parlour just below is not to be missed – no mass production here but a small family business and about 8 different flavours. Or if you are looking for something a little more substantial then do try 2 Fore St Mousehole an a ward winning restaurant open all day, every day except in the deepest winter months.
Definitely worth a meander!
It’s official – another New Year is here! So let’s get outside, reduce our sugar and alcohol intake (as we have been told we must do), burn off those festive excesses and enjoy what is out there for free! It’s a time of year when you can see spectacular stormy seas one day and bask in uncommon temperatures and sunshine the next. Indeed down here in the far west of Cornwall you can experience that difference on the same day comparing the North Coast with the South coast and you never know who you might meet on the South West coast path
Hairy hikers on the coastal footpath near Sennen
Whatever the time of year Cornwall never disappoints. Hop on the train and spend a day at magical St Ives
Amble along the golden sands on Porthminster beach St Ives
Return home in the evenings and cosy up with supper in front of the woodburner.
Anyone for supper?
There’s always the Boscrowan jigsaw challenge if you fancy a break from your Ipad
Or take Meg for a walk around the fields – or rather she will take you.
Always ready for a snack from cottage guests
So Boscrowan is a great place to rest and relax and recharge those batteries – whatever the time of year!