Charles Williams discussing 3 plants in the Burncoose Gardens this weekend. The 30 acre Burncoose gardens are part of Burncoose Nurseries and Burncoose House. They are open to the public all year with free entry, however spring is the best time to visit them. They are not as vast as Caerhays gardens but certainly worth a visit at this time of year.

Michelia macclurei has flowered for the first time in the Burncoose garden.

Michelia foveolata – this plant is only 15 years old and as yet has not flowered.

Rhododendron genestrianum, this rare and tender Rhododendron species is currently in flower with dark purple flowers, although it can flower at any time of the year.

Then back to Caerhays to talk about the echiums growing at the front of the castle, these are bi-annual plants which self-seed profusely.