A Mediterranean Garden Diary from Cornwall

Mediterranean style Olive Trees - July garden Ednovean Farm

Find a hidden corner in the shade of an Olive Tree deep in the Italian Gardens

July brought us a Mediterranean summer that will live in our memories for many years to come and the garden has flourished, revelling in the warmth that stretched into the dusk.

The garden produced the vibrant, hot colours of summer in step with the weather and the warm dry air held the very scent of the Mediterranean from the herbs, Fennel and Lavenders.

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July’s heat wave gave us a taste of life in the Mediterranean in the Garden

Terracotta pots in sunny courtyard

Agaves, succulents and topiary in contrasting terracotta pots in a courtyard garden

Some days were just too hot to even think of working in the gardens at Ednovean Farm and then we walked down to a local cove to find the cooling sea breezes and swim before returning to perform the nightly ritual of watering the pots.

Sizzling colours and Palm trees for this July’s photo album

The sizzling colours of the summer flowers matched our days exactly –gone were the discrete ordered displays of early summer to be replaced by rampant, exuberant,  “vulgar, vulgar, vulgar” and you’ve got to love this impetuous season for that too.

 

Finding shady corners in the garden suddenly became important in the heatwave this July

This summer it was certainly a time to think about finding the shady corners in the garden, as well as the much loved “heat traps” that give us a delightful taste of early summer days to savour.

Shaded Bench in formal garden

Welcoming shade

 

July the constant Summer

Each day dawned with clear blue skies and each day the temperature gauge climbed to dizzying heights – what a summer we had until we had almost forgotten what a Cornish summer should feel like.

Granite Garden seat

The gardens loved the mediterranean heat – notice there is till some damage growing out from the “beast” this spring

 

Lawns flanked by Golden Oat Grass and Cordylines - Ednovean farm

The lawns soon picked up after their Mediterranean holiday

The scent of summer

lavandula-angustifolia-edelweiss - romantic lavender

Lavandula angustifolia eidelweiss

 

The scents that filled our garden this summer came from the Fennel, Rosemary and Lavenders and the lawn retired from view, crisp and hay like underfoot and the lawn mower took a well earned rest for a few weeks.

 

The Vegetable plot

Vegetables growing in pots under old stone wall

 

Our potted vegetable garden has kept us interested this year, supplying a never ending stream of courgettes and there is something very satisfying in picking a glossy healthy vegetable ready to cook for supper!

Courgette Gratin with colorful salad

Courgette Gratin

The return of the scent of the sea

 

Grass seed heads with urns

As the first wisps of clouds arrived the Gardens moved on almost with a sigh to produce the grasses

contented cat on sunny window ledge

Finally as July drew to a close a wisp of mist appeared and the scent of the sea returned to the air, as the winds turned once more and you know, in a strange way I found had missed the changing weather and the salty scent of the sea!

There was a half forgotten joy in leaving the first trail of footprints in the dew again after the dry arid days but what a memory we have for our summer Garden Diary of a taste of life in the Med!

 

About Christine Taylor

Charles and Christine Taylor have hosted Luxury Bed and Breakfast at Ednovean Farm Nr Penzance in West Cornwall since 1991 and live there with three cats and eight horses including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Christine writes a weekly blog about life on the farm and garden with an occasional series about places of interest in West Cornwall

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