The second instalment of my review of 2008 here at Trewithen

This event actually happened late April but who's counting. Tony Kirkham, Head of Arboriculture and TV personality, came for a tour of the garden with a small group consisting of Mr Galsworthy, Sam Galsworthy, Mr and Mrs Bond and myself. We had a long day of discovery and insight. Tony's plant knowledge was inspiring. We even ‘Discovered' a plant Emmenopterys henryi at the south end of the lawn, a Wilson introduction which he described "One of the most strikingly beautiful trees of the Chinese forests…" plus a ceremonial planting of a Wollemia nobilis (the Wollemi pine),

The rest of May blurred into a wet spell and preparation for Royal Cornwall.

First week in June means showing in the floral marquee at the Royal Cornwall Show. Once again we secured our plot right in the entrance of the marquee and designed a stand loosely based on a cottage theme. A silver-gilt was our reward so well done to the team.



 The Rose garden starts to flower and is a wonderful pay back for the effort over the winter and spring. Helen, a volunteer, has taken this area under her wing and is responsible for dead heading and general maintenance of the rose garden.


Not a lot more I can say about our summer!

Part three to follow which will include my count down of my favourite plants of the year (which is looking like being a top 10 rather than a 3 but I'm working on it).