January brings the breath of spring

Winter courtyard garden glimpsed though a gateThere is a breath of spring blowing through our garden now at Ednovean, bringing a tide of promising fresh green shoots from the earth and setting the early daffodils dancing on the breeze.

Spring comes early to Cornwall and the daffodil fields are starting to bloom around the country lanes just as winter reaches it zenith and the garden has brought its own relentless energy to renewing itself for the seasons to come.



This January in Cornwall


Clouds have cocooned Cornwall in a somnolent light this winter wrapping us in a warm blanket of air yet clearing occasionally in the late afternoon to give us a triumphant golden hour to crown the day.

January garden - unchanging Date Palms

It is often in that last stolen hour that I set of through the garden with the camera, accompanied by a delighted Spud-cat galloping ahead and sprinting up the palm trunks to show off.


January's low evening sun on the palm trunks


Weird and wonderful early spring

French lavender and daffodils in flower in our January garden

This weird and wonderful Cornish spring has brought French lavender into flower beside tiny Daffodils on a sheltered banks and Geraniums into early flower in terrace pots. Maybe I should have thought more about the likely combination as I brightened up the view from a bathroom window but really I wasn’t expecting them to flower at the same time!

January - agapanthus coming into flower

Daffodils for Christmas

Early Soleil d' Or - West Cornwall


I found the first blooms of the sweetly scented Soleil d’Or opened properly on Christmas morning and over the last month arising tide of yellow has caught my imagination. I’ve planted most of the large swaggering blooms away from the main garden in a sheltered more naturalised area with a successive drift leading back towards the palm avenue, so that when the time comes for the leaves to settle back to the earth they are out of sight of the house but with the prospect of a delightful pilgrimage to “See how the Daffodils are doing!” every few days.

evening in the january garden


There is a spring welcome at our entrance though, as the tiny miniature blooms give dashes of yellow amongst the box balls and retire at the end of their season so much more tidily than their large relatives!

Formal box backed by Chamaerops humilis

In case of frost

Frost - January garden - ednovean farm

We do have the occasional rare frost one so far this year but at the moment with an eye to the weather patterns developing in America I have draped old nets over the most tender succulents and we ferried a couple of pots into the Garden room just to be on the safe side as we head towards February with the end of winter in sight with start of the Meteorological Spring on the 1st of March. Looking back over last Januaries Diary of a Reluctant gardener  though i do believe spring was further ahead last year

Frost in the Italian garden - discuss thrower

Did it snow yesterday in West Cornwall?


Vibrant yellow daffodils - Ednovean Farm

Last night’s the snow flurry missed us – we miraculously inhabited the ten square miles of Cornwall that had rain instead – I’m not sure if I’m pleased or disappointed!

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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