Sunday, 19 July 2015

18 July : Cotehele

Notes after visiting Cotehele:


Must have garden with terraces.


More vertical plants next year : Veronica, Salvia, Malva, Grasses etc etc etc


Dig up late summer gold and blue border and replace with carmine and blue flowers?


Astrantia is the plant du jour.


Those blue hydrangeas are so last year.


Wild flower meadow. I need one.


Dovecote + Pond. Need these as well.

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    1. Unfortunately my phone ran out of battery as I left the Terrace Garden so the Upper Garden and Cutting Garden which both looked superb are in my mind's eye alone.

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  2. Cotahele always sounds like somewhere in South America to me. Beautiful gardens - no wonder you are inspired.

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    1. Cotehele is tucked away in on the edge of the Tamar. I have been visiting since I was a child and it always feels like a secret garden when you arrive through the tinyCornish lanes.

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  3. What a beautiful place. Love that wildflower meadow. I have a garden with terraces – they are overgrown and overwhelming. Blinking hard work to get them looking that lovely!

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    1. It is an inspirational garden and the terraces are in front of the old house so have that beautiful backdrop. You then go down into a steep narrow valley through a stone arch and find yourself looking down on the wildflower meadow. It is so unexpected it takes your breath away.

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    2. our first garden was a 45 degree slope. Which I slid down and cracked a rib.
      Rather enjoying a friendly flat garden now!

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    3. My family home had a long narrow garden climbing up the side of a hill It was filled with little flat spaces and one very substantial and dangerous drop. It must have been purgatory to garden.

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  4. Lovely, BUT I can't believe you have just dished hydrangeas!

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    1. Not all hydrangeas - just the lace caps Hydrangea macrophylla which look rather dull in comparison to my beautiful snowballs!

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  5. Just gorgeous!
    How does one pronounce Cotehele?
    Andrea

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    1. Hello Andrea
      I have always pronounced it Co-teel but if I had a Cornish accent it would sound more like Cut-eel.

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  6. Beautiful place and wonderful gardens. I go there every summer to work on their archives and love every minute.

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    1. What an extraordinary opportunity - I am very envious. It is a fascinating place and I see something new every time I visit.

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  7. Cosmos are vertical in a slightly horizontal way but they last so long and, they are so beautiful that I am sure that you could give them a home. Especially the white ones.

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    1. What a good idea! I have never grown Cosmos but I think that I might have a place for them in my newly redesigned front garden. Or my spare pot - now there's a thought.

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  8. Love Cu-Teel ( trying to be local) . We visited in May when the apple orchards were awash with blossom...and if you want Astrantia I have some grown from seed and more seed available. I am a martyr to them and constantly indulging in sluggery, they adore them too.

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    1. Ah - the Devon accent - so charming.

      I love it in the spring when all the daffodils are out but this time the wild flower meadow was so unexpected that it brought tears to my eyes. Will take you up on Astrantia offer soonest.

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