Flower of the Month: March

This year March came in like a lion. After a very pleasant and unexpected ‘false spring’ in February, the wind and rain returned though happily interspersed with sunshine and at the tail end of the month calm and sunshine returned and March disappeared like a lamb.

So many bulbs which might have made it as the flower of this month had already made their presence known in the previous month, in particular the daffodil or narcissus, so I am awarding the flower of the month to the magnificent Magnolia. Cornish gardens in particularly are home to many of these magnificent trees, some of which grow to a great height and to add to the pleasure they are often found among Camellias and Rhododendrons.

All these Magnolias were photographed at Lanhydrock, nr Bodmin, where they have over 120 varieties.

Garden Portrait: Lanhydrock

The Gatehouse

Lanhydrock in Cornwall is famous for its large collection of magnolias – a shrub with a well-deserved reputation as a garden aristocrat. They have over 120 varieties growing in the gardens. 

The fabulous formal parterre brings a real touch of grandeur to the gardens.

Benches and lawns provide places to rest and take in your surroundings.


Paths through to the higher garden are a vision of pink and white at this time of year

 and in the spring sunshine you are sure to find a peaceful spot