Here we are wandering in the Lost Gardens of Heligan, Cornwall. I snapped a few photos as we walked through the estate. The mature rhododendrons are somthing special at this time of year. As I understand it they were raised from seed, by plant hunters, sometime during 1847-1851.
The gardens were first developed between 1829-51. They then got 'lost' however, during the first world war.
Heligan House was used for convalescence during 1916-19 for officers of course!
In the second world war American troops used Heligan House as a base.
Anyway, what's important now are the plants and flowers.
The Heligan Estate stretches over 200 acres, so there should be plenty of elbow room for everyone.
A couple of tulip photos.
Moving on there are usually farm animals wandering about in various enclosures - here's a couple of goats ...
... and some sheep.
Moving on once more, looking across the estate. The fishing village of Mevagissey can be seen in the distance from some view points.
Leaving the formal gardens we moved on towards the Jungle.
There isn't a fixed way to see the Lost Gardens of Heligan. You can take various routes. A map is provided.
Here we are - something hairy. Quite harmless though!
Oh yes, and there's a wobbly rope bridge to get from one side of the valley to the other. Children love it! Though there is an alternative route for those not so steady on their pins.
A pleasant setting for a rest perhaps.
A few jungle photos follow.
Back to the real world, cows being nosey.
We made our way back through the woods to the Lost Gardens of Heligan exit, after a very pleasant walk.
That's all for today, many thanks for visiting my blog. Have a happy week ahead ~ Mike.
A couple of other Heligan posts: