I slow down for butterflies!

Butterfly on a garden benchAs I drove out of “our” lane yesterday I realised that I slow down for butterflies as I watched as a tiny blue butterfly flit across the lane, in that curious, undulating flight that butterflies do and disappear safely into neighbouring gardens. I was on the way for our daily B&B shop in Penzance when I saw the tiny insect and stopped to realise just how  lucky we are to live off of the main road, along the little unmade track that leads to the small hamlet of houses at Ednovean. The peaceful seclusion away from the traffic and hubbub of the towns is a perfect place to let the dance of the Butterfly lead you towards spring.


Spring marches on in Cornwall and somehow it has developed a more mature knowing air now after the naive gaiety of the early daffodils and snowdrops. With a canopy of green now forming overhead in the country lanes as the trees come back into leaf, the Blue bells emerging in the lucid green shadows have a more contrived knowing maturity. They are joined now by a froth of cow parsley in nodding white garlands along the banks and the bright pink pin pricks of ragged robin.

St Michael's Mount in the morning mist

Mist shrouding St Michael’s Mount as it clears from the valleys into Mounts Bay seen from our garden




This spring has been so beautiful in Cornwall this year and the early Cornish gardens that open are not to be missed – they always on my Bed and Breakfast guest’s lists of things to see. There is something for everyone in the West Cornwall gardens, from ardent gardeners with a passion for plants, to gentle strollers with an eye to a fabulous tea in the attached tea rooms. (You can combine both of course!) there will be a garden to enchant.

Gardens open near Penzance in West Cornwall


A twenty five acre National Trust garden with sheltered walled gardens, stunning views from the top terrace and great blue walks in the mature woodlands.

More info :- http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/trengwainton-garden/


One of the Great Gardens of Cornwall and fabulous in spring with an exceptional collection of Rhododendrons

More info : – http://trewiddengarden.co.uk/

Godolphin House

The National Trusts acquired the estate a few years ago and have started a mammoth restoration. The house is not always open so do check the web site but the blue bell woods and walks will be gorgeous at this time of year, along with the opportunity to see a rare surviving Medieval garden.

More info : – http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/godolphin/

I hope that you have a wonderful week enjoying the spring along with the Butterflies in our garden 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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