First stop was Burncoose Nursery www.burncoose.co.uk. This is a specialist tree and shrub nursery between Redruth and Falmouth. It belongs to the Williams family who also own Caerhays Castle in mid-Cornwall. They are the family responsible for all the camellias with 'Williamsae' in the name. I have never been to Caerhays but Burncoose has a wonderful woodland garden. The magnolias were magnificent. The tree above was the first one I saw. The blooms were huge, if rather difficult to photograph against the light.
The camellias and rhodendrons were not really out which surprised me but I suppose that Burncoose is ten miles further inland than we are. There was a second wonderful magnolia in similar shades of pink:
There was also a tree with flowers in the most wonderful shades of cream with pink stamens. It reminded me of wedding dresses from my childhood. Unfortunately a lot of the blooms had 'gone over' but I did manage to get some close-ups of stamens.
The stamens were really pink even though the petals were not.
The next day I went to Trewidden Garden www.trewiddengarden.co.uk It belongs to the Bolitho family who also own Trengwainton but because Trewidden is not National Trust it gets far fewer visitors. I found there was also a connection with Caerhays as one of the Bolitho women married a Williams and this led to the garden acquiring a unique magnolia. There have been a lot of improvements to this garden since I last visited a couple of years ago and the camelias were magnificent.
As you can see I had my fill of pink! I finished the week by popping into Germoe where I remembered that this time last year the churchyard had the most wonderful display of primroses. I think they have naturalised over many years.
The daffodils are also very good. Germoe is a tiny place near Praa Sands, more of a hamlet than a village and as it is off the main road I don't think many people know about it. The church is a typical Cornish granite building dating from the middle ages. Well worth a visit if you are passing.