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Hundreds of plants in bloom on Tresco

Tresco Abbey Garden has 306 exotic plant species in bloom as 2018 begins.

The annual New Year flower count showed a "wonderful variety" of exotic flora at a time when most mainland gardens are looking bare.

The count, completed by Head Gardener Andrew Lawson, Curator Mike Nelhams and garden students, has taken place for 150 years and celebrates flowering plants unseen anywhere else in the UK.

The Garden's exotic flowers include Proteas and Aloe Arborescens from South Africa, Acacia from Australia, Passion Flowers (Passiflora) from Peru, Sophora microphylla from New Zealand and Bomarea caldesii from Ecuador.

A Dendroseris litoralis, originally from the Juan Fernandez Islands 400 miles of the coast of Chile, was new to the island in 2017 and flowered this year for the first time.

Mike Nelhams said: “Tresco’s mild climate enables us to nurture a wonderful variety of exotic flora usually found in the southern hemisphere. While most other gardens in Britain are looking less colourful, it’s always a wonderful time of year to tally up just how many plants we have flowering in the garden, and this year is no exception.”

Last year's count found 313 plants in bloom, a record number for the Garden.


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