Sunday, 10 June 2012

The Lost Gardens of Heligan

Our campsite was gorgeous, [peacful, full of wildlife and was on the Heligan Estate.  Heligan Woods had its own little gate into the gardens (but you still had to pay unfortunately  - but they were worth every penny.)  The gardens have been on my "list" ever since I first saw the restoration on Gardeners world with Tim Smit.  So come wander with me through the garden gate. 




 The gardens are so very lovely and truly romantic.  It was a little busy on the day we were there as a cruise ship bound for the Isles of Scily had docked in Falmouth because of rough sea's, and so the passengers had been ferried to Heligan.
 You only get a tatantalising glimpse of the house, which is a shame.  I'd love a nosey around.
 As well as formal gardens, they have lots of wild ones too.


 I loved the wild meadow walks - fields used to look like this when I was a young girl.
 The Jungle walk was interesting too.
 Cornish Gunnera grows sooooo big!

 From one part of the garden, you get a lovely view towards Mevagissey.
 This is what I wanted to see - the mud maid.  She's beautiful and I would love her in my own garden.
 She is having a few repairs done at the moment, but she is a stunner.
 The giant slightly reminds me of hubby!



 My fave bits of any large garden is always the walled fruit and veg gardens.  I hated gardening and garden centres when I was younger, but given the chance I would love to work in a walled garden now.
As you can imagine, these are only a small selection of photographs that I took!

19 comments:

Lisa said...

I'm in love. What a completely stunning garden. Are you sure, I thought G had more hair than that?!
What a wonderful place you chose to stay in. The mud maid is beautiful.
Lisa x

Kathy said...

Just beautiful!!!!
I love walled gardens too.
xxx

Gina ♥ said...

Wow! The mud maid is amazing. There was a similar lady at Eden when we were there and I could have scooped her up and bought her home to live in my garden! Beautiful photos x

**Anne** said...

Having just visited Cornwall myself last week, I can appreciate your photos even more. Thank you for sharing.
Anne xx

Rebecca said...

ooh lovely to see this post! I'm off to Cadgwith in Cornwall next week and Heligan is on the agenda! x

WinnibriggsHouse said...

Beautiful Diane. A place I havent been to....yet! But it is certainly on my to do list now. Thanks for the tour.

ChrisJ said...

Beautiful gardens, Diane and some really great compositions.

selfsewn said...

Oh I'm right there again!
Isnt it fantastic, wish it was mine!!

Jo said...

The lost gardens of Heligan looks wonderful, I'd love to go but we'll have Archie with us when we visit Cornwall and you can't take dogs in. We're staying in a lodge just outside Bude, the same place we visited last year. We enjoyed it so much that we're returning again this year.

andamento said...

Great photos. I'd love to visit there with my camera too.

Young at Heart said...

oooh this is so on my to do list....ever since I read about in a magazine nearly 6 years ago!!!! Lovely pictures, what a treat...... I haven't got close to paying off the mortgage but only have abut 6 gray hairs....it's a family trait from both sides!!!!

Jackie said...

What stunning photos Diane. It looks like you had a lovely time and were lucky with the weather too. I'd love to visit there and your photos serve as a reminder! xx

John Gray said...

that final gate is a stunner isnt it?

Victoria said...

Stunning pics!

Lyn said...

I love Heligan, I have been twice and seen something new both times.
Thanks for the tour...can't believe you had another day of sunshine!
xxx

greenthumb said...

So pretty. Just love your photos.

A garden just outside Venice said...

Fantastic choice of shots!
xxxx

Rowan said...

It looks fabulous, I love those interior shots - was it a gardener's bothy? It's decades since I last visited Cornwall, your photos are making me want to go back there again.

Little Blue Mouse said...

It looks fabulous, I love the Mud Maid!