On both sides of a very neatly mown grass path, which seemed far too good to actually walk on, there are deep double herbaceous borders, filled in late May with swathes of Alliums, Peonies, Lupins, Aconites, Wisteria and lots of other perennials just beginning to emerge.
More wisteria, bronze fennel, grasses and architectural plants such as the Melianthus major, Hostas and Ligularia.
Eventually we made our way up to the Lower terrace and lawns to the café.
Behind the borders are more winding pathways among colourful shrubs and trees.
On every level there was planting to admire.
We didn’t have time to explore the lake and arboretum, as we wanted to have one last birthday treat and enjoy a Cream Tea – the Cornish way!
Naturally it was far too tempting not to have a look at the plant sales although I did intend only to look up the names of a geranium I fancied. However, resistance is futile and I walked away with a couple of new Hydrangea plants for the dappled shade border.
It is a garden I would love to go back to in a different season and being less than 2 hours from home it is entirely possible that we can do it on a day out.