We visited fairly late in the year - September is always a bit limited for variety - but were pleasantly surprised by Trengwainton. Hydrangeas are not really spectacular but this garden has lots of them in a range of colours white several shades of blues and pinks, so the woodland paths have colour even late in the season. The walled gardens are a joy - never seen specially designed rhubarb forcing pots before, we always used an old, bottomless bucket and some straw. The sunflowers were spectacular and my photo of the Aster bed has been used as a birthday card already. I discovered a true climbing fuchsia growing many feet up into the branches of a tree, I envy Cornwall's gardeners their climate, I doubt such a rarity survives elsewhere, except perhaps the Scillies. There is a fantastice view of the distant coastline from the huge lawned area in front and to the right (as you stand with your back to the mansion) of the house - sadly not open to the public - and at that time of year there is a glorious agapanthus border, and oh how I would love a pine tree of that size in my front garden. Our only problem was finding the garden when we arrived - we eventually found the path which leads to what used to be a lodge to gain entrance to the gardens, but we found the restaurant first, which we didn't want, better luck next time.
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