April garden news from Ednovean Farm

sub tropical planting in cornwall courtyard

Fifty shades of green perhaps! Leaf shapes and textures in our side courtyard

April has succumbed to the full awakening of spring despite the best efforts of the fickle weather. Now at Ednovean Farm our formal box parterres are clothed in a swathe of impossibly vibrant green and I have recorded the progress for my April photo album throughout the month as always to share with you now. But also this month, as well as our garden at Ednovean farm that our house guests enjoy,  I though I would make some suggestion for some extra gems to visit in May from the National Garden Scheme list for Cornwall.

We opened our garden at Ednovean Farm for a few years for this wonderful organisation that raises money for cancer charities and gardeners bursaries amongst other things so you entry fee will be going to a worthy cause.

This month in the Ednovean farm gardens

Each year with the passage of the seasons I watch the garden grow and develop and yet each year as spring inexorably continues along it timeless track i explore the garden anew relishing the changes of maturing growth and shrinking from the challenges of controlling it! Still we did cut back an overgrown boundary hedge to let some more light into the fig trees this month and horrors! Charles had to trim a bough from one of the figs so that the step to a hidden bench, usually found only by the cats, could be used.

The date palms were divested of their bottom leaves and mercifully no body was injured by the vicious spikes at the base this year although I did regret volunteering to drag all of the trimmings away to the bonfire after a while! And oh yes it is now possible to walk across that little lawn without crawling!

Gardens to visit in Cornwall in May

To visit a private garden not usually open to the public is always a delight and they usually have a more personal intimate atmosphere with home made cakes as well if you are lucky! For full details of the gardens open this month in Cornwall visit the NGS website

Ist May

Chygurno Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st  May and Monday 2nd May

Lamorna TR19 6HX I visited this stunning cliff top garden overlooking Lamorna Cove some years ago now and it was still full of a fresh sense of discovery as the owners reclaimed the overgrown garden from a maze of brambles. If I remember rightly, my host told me the house was built by two suffragettes. (open at other times please phone 01736 732153)

Moyclare, Near Liskeard, PL14 4EH

The product of generation of the same family of keen plants women To visit website

Wednesday 4th May

Bonython Manor

This is another delightful garden that also opens to the public throughout the year and I often recommend this one to keen garden visiting guest’s who like to pack in two or thee gardens a day. I have a fond memory of walking down through the walled garden planted with exquisite colour combinations and then on through the bottom gate to explore the twin lake side planting Open throughout the year too! To visit website

Sunday 8th May

Boconnoc, Lostwithiel (plus 15th May) Web site for details

Ince Castle, Saltash PL12 4RA

Lamorran House, St Mawes Truro TR2 5BZ

I found this garden inspiring when we were developing our own garden at Ednovean Farm and we visited several times to soak up the atmosphere of the four acres of subtropical planting. Detail of their weekly opening on the website

Rosteageue Manor, Portscato TruroTR2 5EF

walled garden with subtropical planting

Springtime in a cornish garden

South Lea, Pillaton nr Saltash, PL12 6QS

Sunday 15th May

Ethnavas Cottage, Constantine Falmouth TR11 5PY

Penheale Manor, Egloskerry, Launceston PL15 8RX

Trebartha, Launceston PL15 7PD

Friday 20th May

Trematon Castle, Saltash PL12 4QW Details available on website

Saturday 21st May

Pinsla Garden and Nursery, Cardinham PL30 4AY Web Address below

Sunday 22nd  May

Pinsla Garden and Nursery, Cardinham PL30 4AY Details available on website

Sunday 29th May

Lower Amble Gardens, Chapel Amble, Wadebridge PL27 6EW


About Christine Taylor

Christine has written a weekly blog about life at Ednovean Farm and interesting places to visit in West Cornwall for over ten years now, concentrating on those off the beaten track places that only the locals find. 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 five horses, including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Ednovean Farm has been awarded AA five star gold for Bed and breakfast and is included in The Michelin Guide and The Alastair Sawday Guide . The Farmhouse and gardens has been featured in BBC Homes and Antiques, Homes and Gardens. Period Living and 25 Beautiful Homes as well as being used as a film and photo shoot location.

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