A few more holiday garden visits

Our jaunt around bits of Cornwall continues… We went to the lovely National Trust property of Trerice, near Newquay, which is a gorgeous Tudor house with some later alterations, and was Winston Graham’s inspiration for the Poldark estate of Trenwith. We last visited Trerice in 1999 – somethings haven’t changed much, but we’re a bit more garden-inclined than we were then. We didn’t have our own garden until 2001 so didn’t pay a lot of attention!

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The garden is small but full of character and colour. NT have recreated an Elizabethan knot garden:

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Which helped to remind me that we were probably missing our own alliums in flower!

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At the end of the knot garden were fruit trees covered in blossom.

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And beside it were herbaceous borders

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And as you go through to the house, a gorgeous wisteria.

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Behind the house is a kitchen garden and a small turf maze.

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And the flower beds above the house were filled with lovely colour combinations (I just love blue and orange together in a flower bed!)

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After Trerice we went to the Pine Lodge garden in St Austell. We last visited this garden in 2005 and remembered some bits of it better than others, but there was a new Winter Garden to admire as well. (And we had another very nice cream tea!)

There’s a lovely tranquil Japanese garden:

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where a family of ducks was happily splashing around!

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The Winter Garden was looking beautiful:

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And acacias were flowering.

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The Pinetum is a focal point of the garden, and something we remembered well from our previous visit.

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A very sculptural cedar:

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And a monkey puzzle tree of manageable size!

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I didn’t know you got raspberries on pine trees…

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Back towards the hub of the garden, a woodland walk with water features. Not sure what was causing the foam here but it makes the water look like something from a Van Gogh painting.

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More feathered friends, in a flower bed this time.

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And the obligatory enormous gunnera.

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The day after Trerice and Pine Lodge was Heligan so I’ll come back to that. On our last full day we went to Trelissick, another NT property, dodging the rain as we did so. The house has only recently been opened to the public though the property has been with the NT for some time.

The first thing to greet you is the most glorious wisteria.

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The garden has views of the River Fal:

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A millennium standing stone:

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And beautiful woodland walks, as well as more manicured lawns and beds.

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Colletia Hystrix, apparently. That presumably translates as “alien spiny thing”.

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There’s an orchard with all sorts of apple varieties I’ve never heard of, covered in blossom, which was very pleasing.

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And I was unable to resist this perfect camellia.

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The final short garden visit of the holiday was to Kingston Lacy, in Dorset, on our way to Gosport at the end of the week. Another NT property, and another cream tea… we had a quick turn around the gardens but like Knightshayes it’s one I would like to return to another time and do it justice.

The house has a mini-Versailles look to it:

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Some formal planting close to the house:

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And woodland areas nearby.

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We were particularly taken with the lime avenue.

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Definitely one to revisit.

And there’s still Heligan to go!

 

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