One way to shorten a long winter is to head south to Cornwall in early March. Around the south coast the milder winter temperatures means that you will find garden and wild plants in sheltered spots that are weeks ahead of those further north. We did this last year staying in a lovely bolt hole for two on the Rame peninsula just the Cornwall side of the Tamar. Wier cottage was right beside the river estuary and had an enchanting garden at the front.I loved the path created from an informal mix of slate and cobbles.And the bulbs planted on top of the wall.
Even in March there were gardens to visit. Large ones like Cotehele
which is an exceptionally atmospheric Tudor house owned by the National Trust. We also visited Ince Castle which was open for the NGS. It faces south on the River Lynher in a very special position and is a private house surrounded by fabulous formal and woodland gardens. Camellias and Magnolias flowering everywhere and quirky features to catch the imagination.
including a porthole window in the wall to view the river and an intricate shell grotto.
Walks along the coast also revealed natural inspiration I love cornish hedges which are natural stone boundaries infilled with earth and capped with turf. Plants can seed themselves between the stones and a fabulous living boundary is created.
I can’t think of a better place for a pint than The ship Inn at Noss Mayo at the end of a long, blustery walk along the coast and the pub has some impressive carpentry in the riverside garden. Is it a seat or a wall!!