January 2010 got off to a cold start with temperatures down to -7 and snow on the ground work was slow in the garden. Shaking snow off of plants (to help prevent branches snapping under the extra weight , clearing paths and making holes in the frozen ponds to allow air in has been our major tasks with a nice bonfire the next job. George Johnstone walk in the center of the garden was cleared and replanted with mainly wild collected species from around the world. February A new apple orchard was planted within the rose garden using old Cornish varieties such as ‘Cornish Aromatic’ and ‘Cornish Gilliflower’Our first magnolia was delayed by the cold weather and still didn’t show in February! March saw us on BBC Gardeners world high lighting the magnolia collection. (our first Magnolia was 45 days later than 2008!)Success @ the RHS in the shape of the early Camellia competition held at RHS Wisley. Our first RHS competition for over 50 years and first place for Camellia saluenensus ‘Trewithen Red’ made the whole experience worth while. Part 2 coming soon.