Wonderful wildflowers at Glendurgan
Each spring at Glendurgan, hoards of wildflowers flood the garden's banks and paths in an impressive display of colour.
As spring slowly makes an appearance at Glendurgan primroses and violets appear under the trees and delicately line the paths and borders.These are interspersed shortly after by a mixture of jewel coloured aquilegias and wild orchids which rapidly sweep throughout the valley as spring progresses.
Perfect woodland conditions provide the ideal habitat for bluebells to thrive, with each year's display more impressive than the last.
Interspersed throughout the garden are stretches of wild garlic with its distinctive aroma and clusters of delicate wood anemone.
Alongside bluebells and other wildflowers are imposing rhododendrons with their dramatic large flowers and vibrant display of colour.
Towards the end of spring and heading into summer, gladioli make a statement appearance on the steep bank above the maze, towering over other wildflowers with a display of bright pink flowers.
Wildflowers are such an important part of Glendurgan and so the garden team work hard to provide the best conditions possible for them. As spring moves into summer, the wildflowers are left to die back and set seed before all the banks are cut and raked off, with the waste composted elsewhere on site. By removing the cut grass before the nutrients return to the soil, the ground becomes impoverished over time, favouring the wildflowers and reducing the vigour of the course grasses. The whole process is then repeated in the winter. Quite an undertaking but the reward for all that hard work is a fantastic display of beautiful, native wildflowers!