The photos for this trip are all in the gallery Tresco Gardens. I encourage you to look through the photos, I’m going to post a relatively small number of plant photos here. My husband, a gardener, has identified all the plants he can, but you’ll see a number of plants labeled only, “Tresco Gardens.” If you recognize any of these plants, please leave a comment on this post, identifying the photo number (P followed by 7 numerals, below the image), and tell me what it is!
We’ve now left Normandy, and France, and Central European Summer Time. I forgot to complain about this in an earlier post but it annoyed me at the time – France is on Central European Summer Time, an hour ahead of British Summer Time. So the night before we sailed to France, we had to set all our clocks ahead another hour (having set them ahead two days earlier to British Summer Time). After our tour through Normandy, we’re now truly beginning the Celtic Lands cruise, with a stop I didn’t realize was Celtic.
Tresco Abbey Gardens are in the Scilly Isles (more accurately, Isles of Scilly), and yes, it really is pronounced “silly.” Don’t ask me, I don’t live there. To find the Scilly Isles, you start at the extreme west end of Cornwall, also known as Land’s End. Ask Google Maps for “Cornwall” and it will show you that; and a bit to the west and a little south, you may see a tiny speck labeled “Hugh Town.” That is the Scilly Isles; enlarge the map and you’ll see several small islands. The Scilly Isles are part of the Duchy of Cornwall, which is part of the landed estates of the Prince of Wales. One of the larger islands is Tresco, the site of the Tresco Abbey Gardens. I can’t speak for the other islands, but Tresco has nothing resembling a dock that will accept a ship the size of Le Boréal; here’s a picture of the ship, against the fields on St. Mary’s Island: