Ednovean’s garden as Spring turns to Summer

View over a formal garden to the sea from a bedroom at Ednovean Farm

The guests in our Apricot bedroom have a view over the sundial garden from their terrace

May and June have sped passed and the Ednovean Farm garden has met the cusp of summer before I almost noticed the passing of time. We’ve been so busy with the Bed and Breakfast this year that I hardly noticed the approach of the longest day – maybe it was the week that I spent glued to the Chelsea flower show, veraciously examining the designs of the show gardens that led me to miss my garden update last month for May.

In this month’s update I’ll show you around the formal gardens softened with wild flowers and share some photos of my favourite garden flowers as the heady days of summer finally approach.

Box topiary and formal parterre in teh courtyard gardne at Ednovean Farm near Penzance

The formal courtyard garden set in the old farmyard at Ednovean Farm

Of course, as the days lengthened, I’ve spent some weeks dragging the hose around in the evenings when we’ve had a drought, to help my pots along the way that live in the more formal courtyard gardens. Here there is very little topsoil but the old farmyard has lent itself perfectly to the terraces and parterres framed with the flamboyant Date Palms and box, over the years and I’ve amassed quite a selection of terracotta pots to soften the design and frame the edges of the courtyards.

The sundial Garden

The last of the evenings sunshine

The last rays o the summer sun about to leave the courtyard garden

This month I’ve enjoyed watching the small intimate sundial garden behind the house that the Apricot bedroom terrace looks down through. I bought the sundial to celebrate our third wedding anniversary, oh so many years ago and gradually added the garden around it using the left over box plants from planting the main parterre in the courtyard. I filled one side of the box lined beds with fragrant lavender and the other tucked more in the shade of the bank is filled with ebullient wild flowers simple foxgloves Valerian that thrive in the Cornish countryside.

Charles has been busy mowing the lawns in the eternal battle to control the sword that reaches its peak about now and even the rabbits are looking lazy and fat as they gorge on the soft fresh growth!




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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