Sunday, 2 March 2014

Hello March!! Lets start to work in the garden!

I wonder if Spud said "rabbits" as he leapt out of bed yesterday morning to celebrate the start of the month and what the weather man described as the meteorological first day of Spring.

We could certainly do with a little help with the rabbits, although their contribution to lawn mowing is greatly appreciated at this time of the year. At the moment they've mown the Italian garden to a fine sward and have just moved out onto the main lawn. On the other hand I've started gardening at our entrance gate and I'm working my way down through the courtyard gardens and should reach the main garden this week - well in theory anyway! It is a sort of pincer movement with ton bags of garden debris being ferried away on the one hand and plump bunnies returning to their borrows on the other.

A sudden and unexpected gale on Friday tore through the garden again and even tossed some of the little pots down in our sheltered courtyards. Charles went off to check the statues in the Italian Garden because after the last 90 mile and hour gust one of the big statues was teetering on the edge of its plinth but Fridays mere 74 hardly stirred us and it was sunny again by the afternoon.

The straggly old lavender plants have sadly been removed
to make way for fresh new plants later in the year

So an we go ready to celebrate spring with every warm moment of sun and emerging new shoot - don't forget if you plan a spring holiday here in Cornwall that the big open gardens are especially stunning now - mostly planted on acidic soils, that support a stunning display of Azaleas,Camellias Rhododendrons and Magnolias, in a kaleidoscope of colour that you may only dream of and a  visit are a real pick-me-up after long dull winter months When planning your tour you should definitely put Trewidden, Trengwaiton  both near to Penzance and then a little bit further afield Trebah garden is one of my favourites or for something new fresh and unique, a newly emerging garden I would recommend is Tremenheere Sculpture Gardens  ....I wonder if they have rabbits!?