Ednovean Farm’s garden in August

Cornish garden

The sinuous curves of the sunken lawn give the green promise of a garden walk

As I walked across the dew laden lawn this morning to feed the mares I heard the lazy flop of the waves landing on the shore from the beach far below and realised that the season was subtly moving onwards. So for my final garden diary for August I’ve explored the different garden areas from the sheltered formal courtyards to the sweeping lawns; from the pathways that weave their way through the plants or meander into a tiny clearing; from a small froth of frou frou flowers to the elegant spare architectural shapes. This month I’ve tried to capture a little of the atmosphere of the living breathing garden as it progresses through the seasons.

This month has definitely been a progress in two halves weatherise and I have to admit that my proudest purchase was a pair of new Wellies to guarantee dry comfortable feet in the warm humid days that resembled a tropical rain forest at times although the garden has thrived in its own personal heaven of growing conditions.

Still I started my diary earlier in the month with “A window into Summer” to celebrate the dry arid conditions in the height of summer with Cornwall at her best and in contrast for this blog as August ends, my eye and camera were drawn by the angles and shapes of the garden as they came into their own with the architectural planting.

sheltering palms in a cornish garden

The lawn has grown lush this month with its framing avenue of palms that filter the sea breezes

Garden lines

Our garden swoops and turns sometimes resting in formal areas and sometimes with a relaxed wild air but always therer is a little geometry to hold the layout together. We’ve planned paths to conceal and reveal and lead our guest onwards in their exploration of the space framed and shaped by the sea.

Figs and courtyards

The figs have started to ripen in the courtyard garden now, in the cordon that flanks one side, forming an elegant glossy green screen. The plump ripe fruit, fell into my hands and felt so soft and full of the heat of summer – a wonderful end to our summer in the garden and now to look forward to autumn.

Date Palms and Hydrangeas

The top terrace looking down over the Date palms and Fig trees

The Fig crop!!



and finally do you remember the lovely David Austin rose given to us by a departing German Guests well it is flowering again

Yellow rose

The David Austin Rose Golden Celebration given to us by two wonderful guests from Germany at the end of their holiday here

this month a wonderful memory of the summer here at Ednovean Farm!

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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