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Meet Paul, our head gardener

Our gardens are almost sub-tropical in nature and life in the coastal climate can be both vibrant and challenging.

Tropical Additions

Wed 7 Oct, 2015

To improve the sub tropical feel of the gardens, we have introduced plants such as Cycads, Protea and Tree ferns into areas protected from the elements, which should provide them with the conditions they need to thrive.

Tree ferns especially dislike strong drying winds and full sun - combined with dry soil this can prove fatal. Finding somewhere suitable has been tricky as we are sited on a hill, so water tends to drain away quickly. Digging in soil improvers has locked in some moisture, so we will have to see how they establish.

Brief history.

The Tasmanian tree fern is the most commonly grown tree fern in the Northern hemisphere. This Australian tree fern came into the UK at the end of the 20th Century aboard ships returning from Australia.

The ships carrying goods back from the colonies used tree fern trunks as ballast or weights in their holds to prevent cargoes moving about in heavy seas. At docks around the South West of England the trunks were discarded on the quayside when ships were unloaded. It was here that people noticed these trunks were growing new fronds and that, in time, the ends of the trunks were turning upwards and starting to re-grow towards the light.

The Tasmanian tree fern ( Dicksonia Antarctica) variety are imported in large numbers each year and are a common sight in gardens of Cornwall, and now ours!

Protea Cynaroides "Little Prince"
Butia capitata
Cyas revoluta
Dicksonia antartica

Woodland walk to the beach

Tue 21 Jul, 2015

Last year, we uncovered the footpath that leads to the beach, but the path narrowed at the end and access onto the drive involved climbing through a fence.

We decided to widen the path and install a gate, now providing residents an alternative route to the Estate and woodland walk that leads to the Mawnan Smith footpath.

The woodlands still have potential for improvement, showing evidence of additional historic pathways. We also have plans to site a few rustic benches, made from our own planked timber.

Hydrangeas

Wed 17 Sep, 2014

A collection of over 100 Hydrangeas are in flower, filling the borders with a riot of colour.

Soil pH ranges from acid to alkaline in parts, giving us shades from blue to pink.

New varieties have been introduced into the garden including, Paniculata ‘Limelight’ with lime flower heads that fade to cream and pink as they age.

Uncovering the past

Tue 12 Aug, 2014

Over the last year, we have been slowly clearing back undergrowth and branches encroaching onto pathways in the woodlands, south of the estate.

Historically part of the original gardens, I was keen to improve access to this enjoyable walk down to the valley, where the footpath can be continued to Mawnan Smith.

Whilst cutting back overgrown laurel, I noticed an area between trees which appeared to lead east towards the beach. I decided to clear this neglected area and discovered a perfectly straight path, after further investigation I found some old photos of Hester and Julia Sterling, residents in the grounds from 1870. The path pictured, matches the one uncovered, after peeling back some ivy the original walls also appears to be there.

Cordylines in Full Flower

Thu 10 Jul, 2014

Our cordylines are in full flower filling the garden with scent. A beautiful architectural plant providing an all year round feature to the borders.