Garden diary – July’s blousy days

July garden with blue AgapanthusAh the blousy days of summer – those hot July days that fades into long summer evening. July’s  days so full of promises and long forgotten dreams that you hope they will go on for ever. This month the memories formed in the July garden will fill winter musings, as we sit by the fire, pull out a snuggly throw and turn on the telly or find a good book.

If you have been following my facebook posts on our Bed and Breakfast page you’ll have seen some of my snaps taken in the golden glow of those summer evenings that are such a perfect time to explore the garden and the coup of the Agapanthus on the lower gravel terrace. So join me for memories of July’s blousy days and dreamy evening here in the gardens at Ednovean Farm in my latest garden diary.

Cat sunbathing on a garden table

The July garden stars

The Agapanthus

July garden with box palms andagapanthusThe stars in the July garden have to be the Agapanthus as the month comes to a close.

The lower terrace is thronged now by the ethereal blooms of the Agapanthus, which seem to float above the gravel that they have so freely colonised. The original six expensively purchased border plants have turned into a multitude, spreading to soften the formality of the gravel terrace beyond, where only the line of box  give back a semblance of order before romantically framing the entrance to the sundial garden and the private terrace for the Blue bedroom. We’ve been lucky that they started to flower in June and with more buds yet to open the show should stretch on well into August.


aromatic fennel caught by the first rays of sunThe bronze Fennel is a particular favourite of mine and another free spirited adventurer in the garden lending a sweet aniseed scent to summer evenings and bringing memories of the Mediterranean holidays back to our home


White hydrangeas tumble from an urnHydrangeas in shades of pink, blue and white fill pots overflow pots and urns, throughout the courtyards but they really prefer the semi shaded parts of the garden and it must be said that two of the white ones in full sun are starting to look decidedly crispy after a couple of hot days. So black marks for me!

This month in the garden

vintage boot scraper with hostasIt seems strange that so soon after the long anticipated summer days are here, that we have to start cutting back and carefully curating the rampant growth. I sneaked some Weed and Feed on to the smaller lawns in the Parterre and Charles has put a newly purchased Lidl’s hedge trimmer to good use, trimming the box hedges and patrolling the Italian Garden leaving a trail of debris in his wake! The new hedge cutter is lightweight, makes little noise or vibration and has a surprisingly long run time for its powerful battery. I must say I did subscribe to their newsletter ready for the scoop because those special offers don’t tend to hang around!


July’s garden photo Album


Follow the Garden diary through spring into summer

I hope you’ve enjoyed this months garden diary of the gardens of  Ednovean Farm as we travel into the blousy, heady days of summer. To read previous months updates just follow teh links below.


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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