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March Monthly Inspiration
News and Gardening Tips
Last month saw the welcome reopening of Burncoose Nurseries to the (local) public in a COVID secure manner after the early January lockdown.
Burncoose Gardens were also reopened to the public for the purpose of ‘exercising’ by local people living near Burncoose. During your daily exercise you will be able to walk under towering Asiatic tree magnolias in full flower as well as appreciating the onset of spring in the 30 acre woodland gardens here. Entry to the nursery and gardens is still entirely free and you may well be glad to escape from lockdown for a brief period.
Caerhays Castle Gardens also reopened to the public at the normal time in mid-February. Click here for the castle spring gardens opening times and arrangements.
If you want to see more about what is out in the gardens at Caerhays and Burncoose do please cheer yourself up by looking at our own daily pictorial garden diary. Click here.
At the present moment we do not expect the current lockdown arrangements to be eased before the end of March but we do very much hope to be able to see rather more of you here in April in happier vaccinated times.
Early flowering rhododendrons to look out for and perhaps consider for your own garden:
Rhododendron ‘Cornish Red’ is a towering spectacle in so many Cornish gardens. It does grow large but can readily be kept in check with pruning. It will flower well at a young age.
Rhododendron ‘Princess Anne’ is more suited to a smaller garden where it forms a compact rounded small shrub. Its delicate pale yellow flowers are genuine harbingers of spring.
If you only have room for a couple of smaller growing magnolias in your garden why not try these:
Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’ with its purplish-red flowers.
Magnolia stellata ‘Water Lily’ has large white flowers with large numbers of petals or tepals.
Also for the smaller garden as a small rounded bush:
Corylopsis pauciflora has masses of primrose yellow flowers which scent the spring air on a warm, still day.
Or something to really blow you away with scent:
Daphne ‘Perfume Princess’ – just a hint of pink at the centre of the numerous white flowers.