Garden visit no.4 was on the 1 March to Glendurgan - the National Trust's Helford River garden. I must profess my guilt of not being very familiar with the garden - usually driving the few extra hundred yards to visit Trebah instead. Also every visit has coincided with a lack of sunshine - and unfortunately this one was no exception - and my schedule meant I didn't get to walk all the way down to the river.
Garden no.5 was one of my 'local' gardens - Pine Lodge at St Austell. We visited on 2 March - sunshine for much of our stay - and realised we hadn't been for over a year. What was very evident is the work that has gone on since the change of ownership - the garden is being opened up in several areas (removal of hedges etc) - and although it is probably too early in the season to appreciate the full effect I liked what I saw. The garden is a delight for plantaholics - even this early in the year - but the Winter Garden was looking fantastic! We are fortunate enough to have seen it grow from a bare field to what it is today - fabulous colour, great contrast of form and habit and a pleasure to amble round and see virtually everything from different perspectives.