St Michael's Mount from the gardens

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Looking up the steep south-easterly slopes of St Michael's Mount towards the castle.

The terraced gardens that cling to this granite outcrop are something to behold. Planted with aloes, aeoniums, rosemary, echiums and lampranthus - to name a few - these all seem to thrive in the unusual microclimate that exists on this more sheltered side of the Mount.

Often windy, and always with the tang of salt in the air, the plants benefit from the absence of frost. In addition the granite bedrock here soaks up the sun and becomes a giant radiator, slowly releasing the days heat in the evening.

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