Trengwainton Gardens

Trengwainton Gardens and tearooms are but  a 20 minute walk from here or a 5 minute drive by car or 10 minute cycle ride or for myself a 10 minute ride on a horse. If I’m riding past, Gem is always very keen to pop into the back entrance for a carrot whilst I enjoy  a latte astride! The contrasts of colours at the moment in the gardens is just amazing!










A beech tree in its Spring colours.











A Mexican firebush








One of the many azaleas









Not sure what this one is Hibiscus? Cistus? Walking stick tree? But it’s lovely and about 3m high

The candelabra primulas along the stream beside the main drive are truly a picture










The bluebells in the woodland are perfection









And then there’s the tearooms………………..never to be missed!













between the ears

and this is Gem and I on the way home after a carrot and coffee ride!

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Life is good!



This Autumn I decided to grow more tulips for  Spring colour so spent ages poring over the Peter Nyssen website having been pointed in this direction by some cottage guests. The bulbs arrived, finally I planted the last one and then forgot about them until my tiny iris  reticulata burst into flower a couple of months ago, a precursor to the tulips (pots were planted in the lasagne method!).

Now my tulips are  in fine colour. Just before they burst into splendour I had the opportunity to visit the great Keukenhof gardens in Holland.  What an experience!

beds of tulips













Even the Heamoor daffodil was in display in one of the greenhouses!

Heamoor daffs







This was a typical landscape just outside the gardens in that area of Holland.








Time for a bit of sightseeing too

boat trip







and I have never seen so many bicycles!








And then arriving back home my tulips were just beginning their colourful display……………………

chickens and tulips 1






rococo tulips














Inspired to plant more next year! And the Keukenhof Gardens are well worth a visit – 7 million bulbs are planted  every year by 26 full time gardeners for an opening period of just 2 months in April and May. I learnt a few tips too!

And one last picture – this is my favourite tulip that I have grown of all the 350 bulbs that I planted.








La Belle Epoque – and isn’t she just!







Are you watching Poldark?

We are very close to where much of the filming for Poldark took place:

The Crowns









The Crowns Mines at Botallack – we see the miners walking up from here.







Mine workings  with the Crowns in the far distance.

Levant Mine – jut further along the coast








Well worth a visit – just 20 mins drive from Boscrowan.






Just above Nanjizel  – a shot from another scene where Ross rides up and Demelza is sitting above on the cliff. This is further along the coastline just beyond Lands End

porthgwarra boat coming in





Remember the scene where Ross casts his clothes on the beach and jumps into the sea, much to Demelza’s delight – she just happens to be on the clifftops above. This is Porthgwarra  – one of my favourite places in the far south west – great for a swim in the summer and fabulous all year round for a walk or a ride.

out near Lands End

out near Lands End










Yes those are Gems ears – a shot from the saddle with David in the distance, just close to Nanjizel last summer.

Part 3 tonight!