Spring is fighting through in the West Country and to show its golden hand the meadows and fields are starting to turn a distinctly daffodil colour of yellow! But they’re not the only blooms poking their heads above the soil, here’s a quick guide to where you can catch some Cornish flora this weekend.
The gardens at Pencarrow sweep away from Italian renaissance design right the way through sub-tropical wilderness and up to a huge Iron Age fort. It’s also where the Monkey Puzzle tree first acquired its affectionate name. In February however, it’s the large swathes of snowdrops that draw in the crowds.
If you’re looking for a drift of daffs, Trevarno is the place to come. With over 2500 varieties and an internationally renowned daffodil grower lending his experience, there’s pretty much a golden display right throughout the season. As you wander around the estate you are bound to come across the Helston Railway which once passed through but now is the focus of a new venture to bring part of Cornwall’s past back to life.
The gorgeous, intimate Elizabethan manor, not far from Newquay has beautiful gardens, orchard, and terrace. And at this time of year there’s a lovely, bite size display of daffs, snowdrops and crocuses.
Barbara Hepworth Museum
The gardens at Barbara Hepworth’s studio are not the first place you’d go for a full on floral display, but they are truly quite special. The gardens are stuffed with tropical plants and of course amazing sculpture and at this time of year they offer an intense dose of art and horticulture, fitting perfectly in between the rain showers.
Got a favourite place to catch some early spring time blooms? Let us know below…