It was the under gardener’s birthday last week and we went to Cornwall for the day looking for steam trains. After having a ride behind one we made our way to the Plume of Feathers Inn where we had a wonderful lunch. We then just happened to be in the area and stopped at the Duchy of Cornwall’s Nursery! For those outside the UK, Prince Charles is the Duke of Cornwall and profits from the nursery go to his charities.
There were some lovely plants for sale, lots of these rather expensive large rhododendrons,
No, these were too heavy to jump into the boot of the car!
Some of these did though.
Everywhere was very neat and tidy and the nursery has changed a lot since we last visited, with a new shop and restaurant to tempt you to part with more money!
These are the ones that came home with me, I really mustn’t leave them sitting in their pots, I must start planting!
When we got home I had a wander round the garden, as one does, and when coming back out of the woodland I thought I saw a twig on the grass, but it was moving!
It was about 18inches long and was a slow worm, Anguis fragilis. It is actually a legless lizard, not a snake or a worm and it is quite a few years since I have seen one in the garden. It differs from a snake in that it has eyelids and ear openings.
I think it was pretending to be dead while I photographed it, I had the camera with its macro lens for photographing flowers, so the camera was only 2 inches from it. Of course it had slipped away while I ran into the house to get the under gardener, he had to make do with the photos! Considering everything, we both had a lovely day out.