A primrose explosion across the top lawned area and field! One of clearest signs that spring is on the way. Its delicate pale yellow flowers close to the ground with orange centres are a common site at Mellingey, in fact they get everywhere and can be frustrating as the grass starts to grow and needs cutting. Nevertheless the Primroses still offer a beautiful display, so the grass cutting has to wait! Apparently the name ‘Primrose’ derives from the Latin prima rosa meaning ‘first rose’ of the year, despite the fact that it is not part of the rose family they certainly the first flowers of notice, often beating the Snowdrops.
Such an exciting time in the garden as the shrubs, trees and plants start to come to life and the buds burst into colour. A favourite at Mellingey is the flowering Quince, producing beautiful 5 petalled flowers in crimson and gold. The downside if any for this shrub are its incredibly sharp spines along its branches. The shrub grows around 1.5M in height and width, ideal for placing above one of our seating areas above the rockery facing the South and East. The shrub is a favourite for our Wrens’ and Robin who are always bobbing around its branches and feeling safe from predators.
A lovely colour, apple blossom so delicate that pale pinky white colour, the orchard has some lovely old trees dating back almost 100 years, the house itself was built on an Orchard but it is not clear if any of the trees are actually older than the house!
Rhododendrons are a classic Spring shrub, very common across Cornwall and its many beautiful show gardens all within easy reach from Mellingey; such as , The lost gardens of Helligan, Lanhydrock, Boconnoc,Trebah and of course the Eden project, perhaps helped by Cornwall’s mild climate and early spring.
The Campions Bluebells and other wild flowers having to compete for the sunshine on the hillside above the lawns, so lovely see, occasionally we get poppy’s too. Its a bit of a lottery with the wild flowers, which makes it so exciting, although we love summer, Spring has to be just the best for colour and flowers in the garden. Or maybe its just because we’ve been starved of all the bright colours through the winter months. I am sure the birds think so, its so lovely to hear the bird calls in the garden and extra special as the evenings start to lengthen and the Blackbirds, Robins and Thrush sing into the twilight…
Some of our feathered visitors