Spring fling for the magnolia
THE GREAT Gardens scheme details the flora and fauna of 16 top venues around the county, bringing them together on a map for tourists and visitors.
So far Trewidden Garden, on the outskirts of Penzance, can boast a blossoming magnolia tree, but as soon as two others follow suit we can think about digging out the flip-flops.
"Spring comes earlier to Cornwall than the rest of the UK … and we're about to prove it," said a spokesperson for The Great Gardens of Cornwall.
"The official start for us will be when the first three champion magnolia campbellii trees have flowered with at least 50 blooms."
The southerly garden welcomed its first 50 magnolia tree blooms on February 4 and the plant is now almost completely covered.
Hoping to bloom next is Trebah Garden, Falmouth and the National Trust's Trengwainton near Penzance.
For more information about Cornwall's Great Gardens and to keep up to date with the magnolia bloom counting, visit www.greatgardensofcornwall.co.uk.