Friday, 4 December 2015

Heligan Re-visited



Last week I started to tell you about our visit to the Lost Garden of Heligan - I took so many photo's I thought I'd show you some more. 

Heligan is an amazing place to visit. The gardens are set around a stately home and was once a thriving estate. During the first world war the house and gardens became neglected with all the estate workers, groundsmen and gardens heading off to war - 22 men left from the produce garden and 16 of those men lost their lives. It must have been hell being taken from these beautiful gardens and forced to fight in the trenches of France - many others failed to return and as a consequence the gardens became 'lost' hence 'The Lost Garden of Heligan. During the 1990's a team set about restoring the gardens and today most parts are back to their full glory. Especially my favourite area - the vegetable gardens.


I just love the rows of vegetables and even the rows of freshly dug soil....... as you walk to the top end of the garden you get to met a very smart scarecrow, with even a bowler hat! - and because we were close to remembrance day - and the significance of why these gardens were neglected - he's wearing a poppy.


This time of year the beds were full of winter cabbages -


And leeks - although these are summer leeks - ready in the summer? planted in the summer? I have no clue.......


Rainbow Chard - so many colours - these have to be the easiest veg to grow but not to cook - I treat them as two separate vegetables - cooking the leaves as I would spinach and the steams like celery - serve both with lots of black pepper and butter with maybe a little parmesan grated on top......


Just next to the vegetables is the salad and picking flower garden. This is a walled garden with beds coming off a central pond. The salads are protected by the walls and clipped hedges of box....


And finally my all time favourite things - cold frames - I don't know why I love them but I do and covet them for my own garden - these ones had herbs and salads in and one with loads and loads of garlic bulbs freshly planted for next year.

Have a great weekend why not visit a garden........
Love Lizx