Wisteria at Greys Court

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I’m a huge lover of wisteria (and judging by my Instagram feed lately, I’m not alone!). It’s such a brief period when it’s blooming and you notice it everywhere – the gorgeous purple colour is stunning and the smell is something special. I got a call from my Mum earlier this week, well aware of my wisteria love, to tell me to get to Greys Court as soon as possible as she’d just visited and seen the most amazing wisteria. Not one to argue with my Mum (you wouldn’t either!), we duly headed there early one morning to check it out (and make good use of our new National Trust membership at the same time).

Greys Court dates back to the 11th century, although the current house is not quite that old. It was restored by Sir Felix and Lady Elizabeth Brunner who bought the estate in 1937, and Lady Brunner created the series of walled gardens that were the reason for our visit.

The gardens are a series of ‘rooms’ – each entered through a door, and then exited through another door that leads to a completely new garden. I’m a huge sucker for a walled garden, and Max loved the ‘secret garden’ aspect of all the different doors, insisting on knocking on each one.

 

Garden room door with wisteria

 

The wisteria garden is probably the highlight of the gardens – the wisteria is 125 years old and has grown into a specimen that has twisted its way around so many different supports, and the canopy of blooms completely covers the room’s ‘roof’. As soon as you walk through the door, you’re hit by the sweet, heady scent, and the sound of buzzing bees fills the air.

 

Wisteria Sinesis

Wisteria at Greys Court

"This wisteria is 125 years old"

 

Through one of the exits, the wisteria display continues, with a long tunnel of blooms, exiting into the rose garden.

 

Tunnel of wisteria

 

Although the wisteria was undoubtedly the highlight, the gardens as a whole were spectacular – impeccably kept, and interesting planting combinations.

 

Hand written garden sign

White and pink tulips at Greys Court

Kitchen garden at Greys Court

Nepeta at Greys Court - Max playing with toy car

Trellis at Greys Court

Cherry Garden at Greys Court

Greys Court House

 

I was slightly concerned about how busy it might be, given that the website warns that the wisteria room can get very busy, but we arrived for opening at 10am and it wasn’t at all busy – pretty much just us and one other lady whose photos Max kept ruining (she was lovely about it though!).

We didn’t have time to stay to look around the house, so we’ll have to make another visit. We did have time to visit the Tea Rooms though, which I highly recommend!

 

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Greys Court, Rotherfield Greys, Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 4PG

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/greys-court

Opening times: Check website as these vary

Prices: Adult, £11.25, Child, £5.85

 

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5 Happy Things #14

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What a mad couple of weeks it’s been lately! If you’re a regular reader you may have read about our flooded garden last week which threw my mood out for a few days, but remarkably dried out really quickly thanks to the glorious sun we had last week and it’s looking like we’ve been really lucky and not lost too many plants.

All things considered, it’s been a pretty good week, so on with the Happy List!

 

01. I’m a huge fan of wisteria – it’s such a short lived but beautiful bloomer – and this time of year you just seem to notice it’s purple glory everywhere. A few days ago my mum rang me, knowing how much I loved it, and told me I had to get down to Greys Court to see theirs as it was so stunning. She wasn’t wrong! The wisteria is contained in a walled garden room and then extends out into a beautiful tunnel – as soon as you step through the door the sweet smell fills your nostrils and you can hear the buzzing of bees in the purple canopy above you. Expect a full blog post very soon!

 

02. I’ve hit a couple of big blog milestones – 100 likes on my Facebook page, and 500 followers on Instagram! Both of these are quite a big deal for me – Instagram because I absolutely love it, and Facebook because I was slow to set up a Facebook page and it’s lagged behind my other social media platforms quite a lot. But 100 likes seems like a big milestone, and those 100 likes do generate a lot of traffic!

 

Max on the ride-on digger

 

03. Max is slowly starting to grasp the art of sharing! It’s been a long time coming, and with a cousin the same age, that’s meant some big tantrums along the way, but over the last two weeks he’s become much better about understanding ‘taking turns’. Seeing the two boys play with the ride of digger with one pushing and one riding was lovely! Of course, there’s still plenty of tantrums going on, it’s just nice to have a brief respite every now and again!

 

04. We visited Max’s Uncle in Brighton last weekend. We took him to the Aquarium, where he was fascinated by the stingrays, and then had a lovely lunch where he charmed the waitress. The loveliest thing was at the end of the meal when we got up to leave, and Max toddled up to his Uncle, took his hand, and insisted on walking with him all the way back to the car (I think it must have been about a mile!). I’m not totally sure that his Uncle understood how unusual this is for Max – he’s really taken a shine to him!

 

05. I know I mentioned this in my opening paragraph, but I’m genuinely so pleased and amazed at how well the garden has coped with being flooded. I use a lot of drought tolerant plants in my planting schemes, so I wasn’t at all hopeful that there would be much at all that would survive, but to look at the garden right now, you’d never know anything had happened. My parents came round to help with the clean up last weekend (thanks Mum and Dad!), and we spent Sunday at the garden centre buying compost to reintroduce nutrients back into the soil. It’s clear that there are some plants that just aren’t going to make it, but remarkably few considering. I’m really happy. Gardens are remarkably resilient!

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A wet and windy trip to Wheal Coates

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As recently signed up members of the National Trust (a sure sign you’ve hit middle age!), I spent a good amount of time trawling their website for sites in Cornwall that we could visit on our recent trip. Wheal Coates is an old tin mine, located on a dramatic clifftop above Chapel Porth beach, and the ruins are one of the most photographed places in Cornwall. The best viewing time is supposedly the evening, when you should see a spectacular sunset, but as we have a toddler, we took the easy option and visited on a moody looking morning.

There are 3 engine houses and from the car park you can take a circular walk amongst the heather and gorse and take in the dramatic sea views across the cliffs, before ambling across to explore the ruins.

 

Wheal Coates ruin

Sea view from Wheal Coates

 

The views are spectacular, even on a less than sunny day. Although it’s worth stating that the path does bring you fairly close to the edge of the cliff – perhaps not the best trip for anyone with particularly brave or curious children!

We took the pushchair which was a good test of the off-roading capabilities of the Bugaboo Cameleon, but it coped remarkably well.

 

Wheal Coates with pushchair

 

Max loved exploring the paths and the ruins, as you can see.

 

Exploring Wheal Coates

 

Unfortunately the path was a bit uneven and this happened a few moments later – whoops!

 

Wheal Coates

 

A quick cuddle and he was back on his feet having a good explore of the ruins though.

You’ll notice that we didn’t have the best of weather on this trip – soon after these photos were taken a storm came in really quickly and before we knew it, it was raining pretty hard and we bid a hasty retreat to the car!

 

Information

Wheal Coates, Beacon Drive, St Agnes, Cornwall, TR5 0NT

Parking: Free for National Trust Members, charge in high season for non-members. You can wander down to Chapel Porth beach from this car park too.

Admission: Free, dogs welcome

Website: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/wheal-coates

The Fear of Two

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I grew up as one of two sisters, just under two years apart in age, and I think having a sibling close in age had a huge impact on my childhood. Having someone there to play with, to chat to, to share all those little experiences, that was a huge part of my childhood and I’m so grateful for that. Sure, there were lots of arguments, but ultimately we’re really close, both then and now.

We’re very different in so many ways – we don’t look alike, my sister is far more of a go-with-the-flow kind of person, more outgoing than me, more of a risk taker – and yet there is something about us that’s also very similar. We had our children just three weeks apart and I think that’s brought us even closer together – it’s such a huge, life changing event and to have my sister there going through it at the same time was a huge help and reassurance.

I want that relationship for Max. I want him to have a companion, someone to experience that bond with, someone to always have his back. I always imagined I would have two children – I think most people who have a sibling do; we want to replicate our own childhood, or at least the best bits of it!

But I remember when Max was born, and we commented to each other in the sleepless nights – ‘you’d have to be crazy to do this with more than one’. And those first 7 months were really hard. The hardest thing I’ve ever done, so hard that I’m not sure I can imagine doing it again with Max running around.

And that’s to say nothing of enduring pregnancy with a toddler to look after. I’ll be perfectly honest and admit that I hated pregnancy. I was sick a lot – around 12 times a day at it’s peak, and at least once a day throughout the pregnancy. I didn’t sleep well throughout the second and third trimester, so all of those helpful comments about ‘get your sleep now while you can’ went down really well, as you can imagine. I really struggle to picture myself going through that again while having to look after Max at the same time.

And even though Max has got easier as a toddler, I’m hesitant as to how he would take to sharing me with a sibling – particularly a newborn, with the demands for constant feeding, constant holding. He still wants lots of cuddles throughout the day, wants to be carried, wants me to play with him.

But like most toddlers, Max is fascinated by babies – he gets excited by photos, and babies on tv. He is affectionate and loving, and I think he’d make a wonderful older brother. And long term, I can see the benefit for him in having a sibling to share things with, I want him to have that same sibling bond that I have with my sister.

But I still have the Fear of Two. The fear that I won’t be able to cope with a second child. The fear of heading back into those days of sickness, of sleeplessness, of frustration. We’ve discussed it recently and came to the conclusion that the timing wasn’t right. But I wonder if the timing will ever seem right – is it just something that you need to take the plunge in, and worry about how you’ll manage afterwards? We’ve already happily missed the boat on replicating the age gap between my sister and I (lots of respect to my Mum!), is it something to just bite the bullet, and accept that it’ll be hard for a while?

Sorry for not coming to a conclusion on this one – it’s a tough one to work out! I’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences – did you struggle with the decision?

 

 

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The Garden in May – Part 2

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When I posted my May garden update earlier this week I have to confess that I was a little bit disappointed in it’s progress and with the photos I’d managed to capture. I felt that it still wasn’t quite looking it’s best, and I was intending to head out in a few days time and try to capture some better shots. But fate had a bit of a slap around the face in store for me as a punishment for my ungratefulness, as later on that day I discovered water flooding into our garden, which quickly filled up the entire space, covering all of our plants with a layer of water.

In so many ways I recognise that compared to other victims of flooding, we are so lucky – it never showed any signs of flooding the house, which would have been disastrous. And it’s clean water – no sewage. But I have to admit that I was devastated. I’ve worked really hard to make the garden into our space – a place where we can relax with a glass of wine in the sunshine, a place where Max can potter around and play safely. I have tackled weeds, unwanted shrubs, mulched, set up raised beds, and planted hundreds of pounds worth of new plants to create the colourful space I wanted. We’d just spent hours raking the lawn, and fed it with lawn feed, as well as feeding the garden with Nematodes to tackle any slugs.

All of that work now looks to be wasted. Our raised bed was pretty much floating at one end, and half of the soil from it has washed away. The onions and potatoes that I was growing will have to be thrown away as a precaution (the water appears to be clean, but you never know), and as my planting preference is for more mediterranean style plants, I’m not hopeful about how well they’ll survive having been submerged for a day.

 

Garden flooding

 

The water has mostly now drained away – we just have a few pools now on the back lawn – and I’ve spent the last day or so reading about how to restore a garden after a flood. Apparently all hope is not lost, and many of the plants might be unaffected. But there is not much hope for lots of the drought resistant plants that I’d put in recently – Sea Holly, Echinops, Lavender; I don’t see any of those making it to be honest.

I feel like we’re back at square one. We’ll need to treat the soil with a good fertiliser to restore all the nutrients that have been washed away – there are lots of worms just floating about which have clearly drowned, so it’s going to take a long time for the soil to get back to normal.

But we’ve been here before. This time last year we had a big pit of rubble in the middle of the garden and the whole of the back section was an unruly mess. As things are drying out it’s not looking as bad as I’d first anticipated. We can do it – and it’s bound to take less time to recover than I think it will right now. I’m thinking of buying a few ready made borders as a quick fix to inject some life back into the garden, and perhaps it’ll give me a chance to rethink some of my design ideas.

Here’s to a summer of gardening work!

 

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The Garden in May

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May is the best month of the year for gardening in my opinion; everything is suddenly shooting up as if out of nowhere, there’s lots already in bloom and even more promise of the months ahead.

I’m a bit late with this month’s garden post, but ‘sorry not sorry’ because it’s allowed this  little pink azalea in the photo above to come into bloom! It has such a lovely colour – it was practically dead when we moved in here and has taken so well to being moved from the pot to the ground (which is more on the neutral side of things than the acid soil it prefers, so I had my doubts as to how well it would do)

I’ve made some good progress on the lawn maintenance I mentioned last month – after some intensive raking with our lawn rake, I ended up borrowing my Dad’s electric rake which made for a far easier job. After removing so much dead grass and moss, the lawn is looking so much greener and hopefully will improve as the season goes on.

 

Garden shot - full length

 

The other big job has been unveiling all the garden furniture – major excitement! Our patio was laid last summer and I don’t feel we really got the most use out of it, so I’m really excited to get out there all the time this year, especially now Max is happier to run around the garden (last year he was very unhappy about the feel of grass!)

 

White tulips in pot

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White and pink tulips in pots

 

April is always tulip month – all of mine are now out and we have  a lovely display of pink and white.

May and June is peony season and I’m always sad that it’s so short lived. We have two types of peony in our garden – a lovely deep pink one that I don’t know the name of (if you recognise it, do let me know), and a fluffy pink Sarah Bernhardt. It looks like the deep pink will be blooming any day now!

 

Acer

 

This acer has suddenly become a riot of colourful red!

The alliums (purple sensation) are up and just opening and should be out very soon. I love their big pom pom heads, they make me smile every time I see them.

 

The Vegetable Garden

The onions in the raised beds are doing fantastically. So much so that I’ve removed the protective netting as they were growing up through it. Fingers crossed for a good crop come autumn.

 

Raised bed - growing onions

 

The potatoes in bags are also doing well – the leaves keep on coming, so I’m keeping them well topped up with compost.

My leek seedlings are now ready to be hardened off, and I’ve been standing them outside for a few hours every day in preparation for planting out later this month.

 

Nemaslug nematodes

 

Apparently it’s going to be a bad year for slugs, according to this from the BBC. I have a few plants that seem particularly attractive to slugs, including hostas and lupins, so last week I applied Nematodes to our garden. Nematodes are an organic pest control method that kill slugs beneath the soil in one week. Fingers crossed for my hostas which have only just started to emerge – I’ll let you know how I get on!

 

Jobs for the Garden in May

  • Plant out dahlia tubers for a summer display once the danger of frost has passed
  • Plant up summer bedding plants in pots or in the ground
  • May is still a great time for dividing perennials
  • Hostas can be divided as they begin to grow up
  • Keep up the weeding, but watch out for perennials coming up – I nearly took up an echinacea I’d forgotten about earlier this month!
  • Try to get into a routine of mowing the lawn weekly

 

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Lappa Valley Steam Railway Park

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As we had a long journey back home from St Ives we wanted to do something in the morning that was on the route home – and being just off the A30, Lappa Valley fit the bill. Lappa Valley is a miniature steam railway and park, aimed at younger children – there are 3 different trains to ride, as well as a whole host of other activities including indoor soft play, mini ride on tractors (a toddler favourite!), crazy golf, boats, and all the usual park swings, slides and sand pits.

When you arrive in the car park, you’re actually located a mile away from the park itself, and you need to buy your ticket from the ticket office and ride the steam train to get there – very exciting! Unfortunately we missed the train so had to wait 40 minutes for the next one. There is some playground equipment at the ticket office, but not a lot, so it’s worth checking the train times here before you go.

Lappa Valley Steam Railway

Lappa Valley Steam Train carriages

 

Like most toddlers, Max is a huge fan of trains – Thomas the Tank Engine, Chuggington, real life ‘choo-choos’ – so he was really excited on the train ride. The ride up offered lots to look at – my husband even saw a fox but sadly Max and I were not so sharp eyed.

 

Ride on tractors

 

Once we arrived in the park, Max made a bee-line for his favourite – the mini ride-on tractors! Not so much a favourite of mine, as he’ll ride them for ages but hasn’t yet learned the art of steering and isn’t quite tall enough to touch the ground with his feet, so it means someone has to push – not great for the back! I think Max would happily have spent all day on these, but we did eventually manage to persuade him to move on.

There is a huge play area with pirate ship, sand pit with mini diggers, slides, and swings, and Max loved exploring.

 

Max playing on digger

Max on roundabout

Lappa Valley

 

There is also a small indoor play area which Max ventured into and then quickly back out again – who can blame him as we were lucky to visit on a sunny day!

 

Indoor Soft Play

 

Like the train that takes you to the park, the two other trains both run to a timetable, so it’s worth working that out to make sure you get on. We loved the Express Train, which circles the play area so you get lots of waves from passers by, and it feels really fast! My husband was so impressed that he asked the driver how fast he thought we were going – apparently somewhere around the 5mph mark! Not quite as fast as it felt then.

 

Express Train heading into tunnel

Express Train circling play area

Lappa Valley Park 2

 

Lappa Valley is the perfect place to visit if you have a small child and are looking for somewhere to stop on that long route out of Cornwall. I do feel that £12.50 for an adult entry is quite pricey, but there are lots of discounts available if you’re local and can visit more regularly, and if not, then I guess you need to accept paying the tourist tax!

 

Eating and Drinking

There are two cafes in the park, only one of which was open on our visit. It offered a range of pasties, sandwiches and drinks. We all shared a pasty (Max developed quite a taste for them on holiday!) and ate on the picnic tables outside.

 

Information

Lappa Valley Steam Railway, St Newlyn East, Newquay, Cornwall, TR8 5LX

Adult: £12.50

Child (3-15): £10 (under 3’s free)

Family: (2 adults, 2 children) £40

Website: http://www.lappavalley.co.uk/

 

 

Do you have a little one with a big love of trains? Have you visited Lappa Valley or do you know of somewhere similar that we might like? Do leave me a comment and let me know!

 

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#PatioPerfect with Wayfair

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The patio can be something of an unloved part of the garden. We removed a pond from our garden last year and replaced it with a large patio area – it was a huge project, and when it came to finishing it there wasn’t much of the summer left to enjoy it. But this year I wanted to add a few finishing touches to smarten it up ready to enjoy a few (ok, more than a few!) glasses of wine over the summer.

So I was thrilled when Wayfair got in touch to ask if I’d like to collaborate with them on their #PatioPerfect campaign I was thrilled. You can read more about how I chose to style up my space over on Wayfair’s blog here, along with ideas from 3 other bloggers.

Accepting the child you have

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I’m sure I’m not alone in having had expectations of what I would get up to with my baby while I was on maternity leave – not only would I find the time to get outside in the garden while my baby happily bounced away in their vibrating bouncer, we would do all manner of activities. Baby sensory classes, baby yoga, baby massage, messy play sessions, baby swimming – we were going to do it all!

One of the activities I was most excited about was baby swimming. I’d loved to swim as a child, and as my husband isn’t a hugely confident swimmer, we felt it would be great to introduce Max to the water early on. I was entranced by the wonderful underwater photos of swimming babies and eagerly waited on the phone on hold on registration day to book our place.

But the reality was that Max didn’t take to the water like I’d hoped. The only session I’d been able to book him on was not at an ideal time for him as he’d normally be napping (not something that was an issue when I booked but his routine changed in between). And more than that, the huge emphasis that our class had on underwater swimming did not sit well with Max. He would come up spluttering every time, and it was clear that he wasn’t a fan of this part of the lesson at all. And if I’m honest, I’m not sure me or his Dad were great fans either!

But we persisted with the lessons for two terms, because we’d paid and they’re expensive, and, after much struggling, we did manage to get our lovely underwater photo.

Max has always been a sensitive baby, but it wasn’t until I read Tracy Hogg’s The Baby Whisperer that I felt I understood him more. He falls very neatly into Tracy’s ‘touchy baby’ category – being easily upset by changes in environment, different people, and changes to routine. The book really resonated with me (of course there were some parts that I disagreed with, but that’s a separate post) – her descriptions of ‘touchy baby’ behaviour really chimed with my experience of Max.

Max is a child of extremes – he’s either very happy and a real pleasure to be around, or he’s whiny, clingy and crying. And more often than not, it’s in unfamiliar situations that he tends towards the fussier end of the scale.

Once I accepted Max for who he was, I found that things became a lot easier. If we were going to be put in a new environment, then I would be more prepared for him to be a bit fussy and clingy at first and not resent it when this happened. It was clear that swimming was not working for Max – the lessons were held in a hotel pool, with a section roped off for the hotel guests, so they were noisy, and the water was often not as warm as it could have been, so it was clear that, despite his wetsuit, Max’s lips would be trembling from the cold. We stopped the swimming lessons, with the view that we might start up again when Max was a bit older, and decided that we would just take him ourselves in the meantime.

I tried to choose activities which were more closely aligned with what Max enjoys. As well as not being a swimming fan, he was also not a fan of any kind of messy play, which ruled out lots of other activities too. But he loves music, so we do a weekly music class, run by Monkey Music, and it’s been lovely to watch him come out of himself in those classes over the year and a half we’ve now been going. It’s taken a long time, but it’s clear now that he really enjoys it – he’s really excited when I say that’s where we’re going, he’s really engaged with all of the songs, and is fully involved in playing the various musical instruments.

And as time has gone on, we’ve returned to swimming – not with lessons, but by taking Max to our local pool and just bobbing around. He now loves the water and is becoming more confident with each visit. And no thrusting under the water from us!

 

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The Lost Gardens of Heligan

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One of the things I was most excited to do on our recent trip to Cornwall was to visit the Lost Gardens of Heligan. It’s a place I’d read about lots and seen lots of pictures, so I really wanted to see it in the flesh. Located near Megavissey, the gardens had been a hugely impressive part of the Tremayne estate, producing fruit and vegetables for the household, as well as the formal gardens themselves. But they fell into disrepair after WWI when most of their gardeners were called up to fight in the war.

In 1990, an old small building was discovered under fallen masonry in a corner of the garden, and inscribed on the wall along with the date 1914 were the names of all those gardeners who headed off to war, so many not to return, and the inscription “Don’t come here to sleep or slumber”. The gardens have been restored in their memory, and the unique climate on the Cornish coast allows for a display of really unusual plants.

 

The Mud Head and The Mud Maid

As soon as you enter the gardens you’re greeted by the giant Mud Head – hugely impressive and fascinating for Max (as well as me!). We followed the Woodland Walk which took us to see the sleeping Mud Maid – I managed to capture a shot of Max’s face as he saw the Mud Maid for the first time, suffice to say he was quite excited!

 

Mudhead at Lost Gardens of Heligan

Mud Maid at Lost Gardens of Heligan

Max excited at seeing the Mud Maid

 

I was really impressed at the number of activities laid out on the trail – every 100 yards or so there was another fallen tree to climb along, or tree bark stepping stones to walk across, so it took us quite a long time to get through the woodland. Particularly when Max found a cute new game of ‘collect the best stones’.

 

Max collecting stones

Max climbing tree trunk

Shoulder rides

 

As you come out of the woodland the path winds round towards the jungle, which is really impressive. Full of plants that you wouldn’t expect to see rounding a corner in the UK! Unfortunately we didn’t get to fully explore the jungle as Max was keen to plough on in a different direction!

We visited in April, so the gardens were full of blossom and colour – magnolias in bloom and apple blossom everywhere.

 

Lost Gardens of Heligan - Magnolia Blossom

Blossom at the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Hot pink rhoddodendron

 

I’m a bit of a sucker for a glasshouse and I came away from The Lost Gardens of Heligan with a severe case of glasshouse envy! There were so many glasshouses, crammed with fruit, cacti, and pelargoniums, and cold frames crammed with all kinds of veg.

 

Glasshouse envy at Lost Gardens of Heligan

Main Glasshouse at Lost Gardens of Heligan

Glasshouse Interior

Cold Frames at Lost Gardens of Heligan

 

Max loved exploring the gardens – every corner you turned there was something new to investigate. One of my favourite parts was the Italian Garden – a walled garden with a long rectangular pond and fountain. Small but perfectly formed and so peaceful.

 

Max walking under low tree branches

Fountain

The Italian Garden

 

I always love a grotto – it feels like you’re discovering something that no-one else has ever found!

 

Grotto at Lost Gardens of Heligan

Pool in grotto

Max running through the grotto

 

We had such a lovely time exploring The Lost Gardens of Heligan – it’ll be right at the top of my list if we return to Cornwall and I can imagine that it would look completely different at different times in the season. Plus, I need to get to see the jungle at some point! The recommendation for a visit length was 4 hours to get a sense of the gardens and the jungle and I remember thinking that was going to be too long for Max, but I couldn’t have been more wrong! We were there for just under 4 hours and didn’t even touch the jungle area really – and we took home an exhuasted toddler who’d worn himself out running around.

 

Eating and Drinking

Heligan have a large kitchen at the entrance to the gardens producing food made from home grown and locally sourced ingredients. It’s very large and has plenty of seating.

There is also a cafe within the gardens where we grabbed a drink and an ice-cream (and received a compliment on how well behaved Max was – win!)

 

Information

The Lost Gardens of Heligan, Pentewan, St.Austell, Cornwall, PL26 6EN
Tel: +44(0)1726 845100

Open every day (except Christmas Day) from 10:00 – 18:00 throughout spring and summer

Adults: £13.50

Children: £6 (under 5’s free)

Website: http://heligan.com/

 

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