Bluebells, Gate and Servants’ Bell Box

11 May

1   I visited Enys gardens with friends for the Bluebell Festival  this afternoon and the bluebells were just beautiful. Enys is considered to be the oldest garden in Cornwall and is noted in the 1709 edition of Camden’s Magna Britannia for its fine gardens.  The bluebell meadow is believed to have been there undisturbed since ancient times.

Enys bluebells

Enys bluebells

2   The gardens are extensive and lovely with not just bluebells but rhododendrons and tulips in flower too. This gate led out of the walled garden and we were intrigued by the ghostly looking face to the right of the gate.

Beautiful gateway

Beautiful gateway

Rhododendrons and bluebells

Rhododendrons and bluebells





3   The house was open and we could see all the restoration needs – a fabulous old building with the servant bells in each room and the indicator bell box in the butler’s pantry.

Servants' Bell Box

Servants’ Bell Box


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16 responses to “Bluebells, Gate and Servants’ Bell Box

  1. Alex Autin

    May 12, 2013 at 2:00 pm

    Love the gardens, and I’m wondering if your bluebells are in any way related to the Texas bluebonnets. By the way, a very happy Mother’s Day to you Sally from across the water.

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 12, 2013 at 2:44 pm

      Thank you very much. That’s lovely of you! I shall look up the Texas Bluebonnets and see if they are related. 🙂

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 12, 2013 at 2:47 pm

      What a beautiful colour your Texas Blubonnets are! Those are more like our Lupins which we get later in the summer but in white, yellow, peach, mauve, red or a pale blue -nothing to match the vibrancy of your Bluebonnets which I like a lot! 🙂

  2. greenbenchramblings

    May 12, 2013 at 11:46 am

    Thanks for taking us with you in to this beautiful place.

  3. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    May 12, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Utterly, utterly beautiful, Sally – EACH of the photos. You should rename your blog MyIllustriousThings! Truly, so beautiful.

    • mybeautfulthings

      May 12, 2013 at 11:41 am

      It was a day filled with so much beauty I didn’t know where to start last night! Walking through the bluebells with their heady scent and the utter blueness all around was a truly beautiful experience. 🙂

  4. Shelagh

    May 12, 2013 at 7:39 am

    Visited Enys at bluebell time with my brother Peter many, many years ago. House wasn’t open back then and he was just itching to get his hands on it!! Walled garden was closed too. So very happy that restoration is underway at last. Must plan next year’s trip to coincide with Bluebell Festival. Btw, ladies running the refreshment table had The Very Best Gingerbread Ever, black & sticky, that I have never been able to reproduce.

  5. Hudson Howl

    May 12, 2013 at 3:48 am

    In a paradisaical mist of Blue Bells, bury me there.

  6. john zande

    May 12, 2013 at 1:46 am

    that. is. beautiful.

  7. babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin

    May 12, 2013 at 1:26 am

    Oh, my goodness… Just the most beautiful sight I’m sure… and the gate with the head figure on the wall…hmmm…makes you wonder doesn’t it…Do you know who or why??? I would just love to be able to walk this wonderful place…

  8. Choc Chip Uru

    May 12, 2013 at 12:33 am

    That gate suddenly reminded me of Secret Garden – my favourite book from childhood 😀


  9. Charlie@Seattle Trekker

    May 11, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    I thought you might enjoy the Bluebells video

  10. Alastair

    May 11, 2013 at 11:01 pm


    • mybeautfulthings

      May 11, 2013 at 11:02 pm

      Really wow! As you turn the corner, it’s just blue as far as can be seen. My photo doesn’t do it justice. 🙂

      • Alastair

        May 11, 2013 at 11:03 pm

        That photo itself makes me almost smell the woods and the plants


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