On Monday, we went for lunch at the Lost Gardens of Heligan, near St Austell in Cornwall. I would have enjoyed a look round the gardens themselves but a disgruntled child is not the best companion. However, we had been taken with the offerings in the cafe last time we visited, in 2015, and it was worth the trip again.
On the wall opposite our table was a plan of a vegetable garden. Without the space, I won’t be implementing such myself anytime soon, but here it is:
Outside, I was reminded of the exotic nature of the gardens themselves. Cornwall’s climate is different from mine in that it is generally warmer and there is substantially more rain. Thus, it is possible to grow palms
with ease. The gunnera pictured above would be fantastic for shading the back of my house in summer but I’d be forever watering. However, I’m still tempted, having learned that parts of it are edible.
Talking of edible plants, I discovered a mini forest garden near the Eden Project shop, which I visited one last time before we headed home on Tuesday. It’s a bit more manicured that mine but I’m glad to have seen it, as it makes me feel I’ve done the Project now.
Another unexpected find before we got much further down the road was a nursery selling unusual plants. It had more of the palms and lots of other greenery I would never put in my garden but the parking area was graced with a large wall of bamboo
which would certainly be a good wind shield.