The journey continued on 17 March with visits to gardens 8-10 - starting with Trelissick. A National Trust garden midway between Truro and Falmouth set on a plateau above the Fal river and next to the well known King Harry Ferry. I chose this weekend to visit as they were holding their Daffodil festival - primarily a display by local growers in the old stable block adjacent to the restaurant / gallery / shop. Witin the garden there were plenty of daffs to see - many in large plantings clearly labelled for the festival. The rest of the garden showed some signs of the recent freeze - shame I missed the magnolias here.
Final garden of the day was Scorrier House - also owned by the Williams family - today was their sole afternoon opening for the NGS. On entering I was happily told to 'go wherever you want' - but in the absence of a plan I've no idea if I saw everything. I suspect of all the gardens visited so far this one was suffering most from the delayed arrival of spring - I'm sure the owners chose such an early opening expecting more colour than there was. My main memory was the number of (very!) large walls - intriguing evidence of the long history of the estate and what it must have been like in previous centuries. Nevertheless I enjoyed the sense of exploration and finding examples of what must be original plantings when the garden was laid out.