February days in the garden

 

Bold crocusAh February days in the garden when the perfect mystery of the season begins expand its magic as each day I’ve watched the garden slowly unfold from its winter rest. Each day has brought a new part of the cycle of the gardens return to life that it has been so slight that it has been almost imperceptible. I’ve watched the Daffodils slowly unfold from the soil and spread through the garden starting in the warmest most sheltered corners and then finally surging through the garden in an unstoppable tide.

Early morning

Looking back over the lawn as the sun creeps across in the early morning. The avenue of Cordyline Australis underplanted with Daffodils at Ednovean Farm

Each day as I walked down across the lawn to feed the mares that wait at the garden gate for their breakfast in the morning, I’ve watched the Daffodils grow taller and taller and finally send up flower buds this week in a rippling tide under our tiny avenue of Cordyline Australis. I used to smuggle the tiny palms home with my supermarket shopping from the then Safeway’s, when we first converted our barn into our home. Just one or two each week to help to form the shelter belt that now lines one side of the garden from the bellowing sea breezes. They were so tiny then and now such tall strong trees – it seems impossible that we have been running our B&B for twenty four years this year.

The courtyard gardens and the Italian gardens were part of a later project though started fittingly in the year 2000 but it all started with those first tiny palm trees slipped into the shopping trolley one at a time! But this month it has been the emergence of those spring bulbs that have brought hope of the change in the season.

I’ve taken a series of snaps over the month and I was surprised how far we had come on our season tide of change and I’ve added a few snippets of video which more than anything celebrates the return of the birdsong to the garden this month. So here we have it February days in the garden at Ednovean Farm 

Gardens to visit this month

Cornwall comes into her own as spring approaches basking in the warmth of the Gulf stream and the gardeners of the Great gardens of Cornwall start to compete to count the blooms. The lovely spring gardens near to Penzance of Trengwainton and Trewidden are well worth a visit at this time of year and of course offer awesome teas to round off the day!

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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