Upon visiting Pentillie’s gardens this March you may catch sight of a very unusual daffodil. A new cultivar of daffodil was discovered in the gardens last spring which has now been verified and named Narcissus pseudo narcissus Pentillie Duke in honour of Pentillie’s Head Gardener, Chris Duke (who has worked in the gardens for over 30 years!).
The ‘Pentillie Duke’ was stumbled across by narcissus experts Alan Street, of Avon Bulbs, and Matt Bishop while on a Guided Garden Tour last spring. Matt said: “While on our trip we spotted a double form amongst huge numbers of lent lily. With star shaped flowers, the coronal fragments are often pleated lengthwise giving the appearance of streamers exploding from the centre of the flower.”
It’s thought that the new variety was created by a chance cross-pollination of other types of daffodils in the garden! Stocks of the flower are currently being built up for a view to sell the bulbs in the future.
Cornwall alone has some truly amazing and special gardens, from Saltash right down to Penzance, from enormous parkland gardens to very small privately owned gardens, the diversity is wonderful! And there is no better time to visit these gardens than in spring when the shrubs are ready to burst into flower.
The magnolias and camellias are particularly stunning in Cornwall. Caerhays, Trebah, Trengwainton, Trewidden, Heligan and Trewithen are all renowned for their collection of magnolias. Caerhays recently announced a brand new Hybrid Magnolia in their grounds named ‘Caerhays Splendour’ which will also be bursting into bloom this spring. The beautiful dark pink magnolia joins Caerhays’ Magnolia collection which boasts over 600 varieties and was awarded National Collection status in 2011.
Visit: If you would like to see the Pentillie Duke daffodil next spring, the gardens will be open to visitors in 2016 on: Sunday 6th March (Mothering Sunday), Easter Monday 28th March, Sunday 17th April (TBC), Bank Holiday Monday 2nd May (TBC) and Sunday 22nd May (TBC). Open times: 12noon-4pm. Entry: £6 per person. Dogs welcome on leads. Afternoon teas are available to book.
Stay: For guests from further afield, don’t miss an opportunity to visit Cornwall this spring and explore Pentillie’s woodland gardens and many others during your stay.