At this time of year the turning of the seasons heralds the arrival of one of our most enigmatic native flowers – the bluebell. This harsh winter has set them back a little this year but here are a few ideas of places to see them at there best in the next few weeks.
My obsession with photographing this flower began a few years ago when I discovered Enys Gardens, near Penryn. Here in spring time the meadows simply explode into colour. The story is that the ground here hasn’t been ploughed for centuries, undisturbed the little blubs were allowed to spend unhindered across the parc land. It really is a stunning sight on a bright spring day.
It can be easy to take this little plant for grated when it is such a common sight in our gardens, hedgerows and parks, but after a long and dark winter what better way to celebrate the arrival of the sunny (hopefully) summer months than a day out to take in these little indigo beauties
Godolphin House, Helston
This 700 year old estate is tucked away in rolling countryside just a few miles from the little town of Helston. Owned by the National Trust this year their bluebell festival starts on April 17th and there are acres of peaceful woodland to explore and enjoy the carpet of flowers beneath the shady ancient trees.
Pencarrow House, Bodmin
The gardens here combination formal landscaping with natural woodland and in the spring there is a dazzling display of more than 600 varieties of camellias and rhododendrons in bloom. But one of the gardens best known attractions are the bluebells and wild garlic that simply carpet the woodland throughout spring. There is free parking here and dogs are welcome too.
Antony Woodland, Torpoint
Antony House at Torpoint was the setting for Tim Burton’s fantastical film Alice in Wonderland and beside this National Trust house is the privately owned Antony Woodland Garden. Here in spring a shaded area of trees known as the Cathedral becomes the stuff of daydreams where enchanting swathes of bluebells and wild garlic cover the ground, a really wonderful sensation for your senses
With around 250 acres of woodlands and miles of footpaths to explore Tehidy is one of the largest area of woodland in Cornwall. Underneath the canopy of established native trees a whole variety of woodland plants and animals thrive and when the bluebells appear the scene becomes even more magical. This is a great natural playground for the young and the not so young to discover!
Thanks again to Alex for letting me use his gorgeous image in this post and here’s a link to his website where you can get all kinds of photographic hints, tip and tutorials!