August in the Ednovean Farm Garden

old copper ednovean farmI can’t believe we’ve reached August already as the year has sped passed us and with August, time for another roundup about the Ednovean Gardens. With the imperceptible turn of the year the sleek black blackberries glow in the hedgerows and the corn deepens from green to gold in the fields, moving with an idle rustle in the breeze and the garden reaches its zenith.

This August at Ednovean, the fig trees that line the courtyard are giving up their harvest of plump sweet fruits – just enough for breakfast some mornings if Charles has beaten the black birds to the prize. I love the Mediterranean feel to the courtyards at this time of year and this month we’ve put together our first little video clip celebrating the courtyard gardens nearest to the house.


gravel border ednovean farmIn the car park the tall Date palms are twined with the dainty white stars of jasmine luxuriating in the long hot summer day’s that we’ve had this year and the cats bask on the hot gravel or slip into the cooling shadows. For this months photo showing the month in pictures in its many moods click here.

Charles’s new four speed lawnmower is proving a gem of time saving efficiency and reduces the lawns to a delicate sward in only one afternoon’s work – in fact the garden rabbits are in danger of loosing weight under the competition. But with the commitment of the strictly-self-employed-rabbit and they’ve produced a fine new burrow system tucked behind the Italian gardens amongst the olive trees.

In August the design bones of the garden start to be needed again as the exuberant Echiums, such a dramatic statement for so long, finally falter and die leaving behind next years crop, ready to flower and already tough waist high plants. The gravel terraces are full of exotic Agapanthus – well actually very full and I think I must not let them all self seed again for another year or I might not find anywhere to sit!

My suggestions for gardens to visit this month

  1. Our guests usually like a garden to visit during there stay and this month I think Tremenheere Sculpture garden will be gorgeous, the high Mediterranean style garden with stunning views down over Mounts Bay suiting the season perfectly. You may remember our visit and snaps from 2012 – sorry so many pictures I split it into two blogs so scroll down! There’s a chic little café at the bottom too.
  2. For further afield Trebah Garden has something for every season – it is often November before we manage a visit but the romantic river valley garden running down to its own little beach was warm and secluded even then.
  3. For something a little different try Bonython where the swathes of cannas and grasses beside the lake should be stunning this month
  4. I found Lamorran House gardens inspirational when we were setting out our gardens and never tire of the romantic fantasy of follies weaving down to the Helford river.

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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