May in the Ednovean Garden

foxgloves and formal hedges above St Michael's Mount - May Garden Ednovean Farm

May’s garden is alive with wildflowers that soften the formal lines

Hello!!  Well this May I suddenly realised that it was nearly summer and I was still “in” spring mode so we had a flurry of editing and replanting the courtyard pots whilst in the wider garden we’ve been rescued by the wildflowers and the heady mix of formal and informal has never been more beautiful than with nature’s help this year. So welcome to my May Garden Dairy for our gardens at Ednovean Farm! 


A garden diary for May

May has been a glorious month for the garden this year at Ednovean farm with the wild foxgloves have softened the formal gardens swaying gently amongst the topiary and palms. We added a new palm to one of the lower borders to celebrate our 27th wedding anniversary a Butea Capitata – a beautiful silver grey palm with arching leaves, a native of South America which is hardy to minus eight and said to be fairly wind tolerant.

Palms and shrubs flanking a lawn above the sea

The arching fronds of Butia Capitata – hardy to minus 8 (when mature!)


Tracycarpus Fortunei in flower in the Ednovean Farm garden

Trachycarpus Fortunei – one of the chinese palms hardy to minus 10 – 15

Courtyard pots

Topiary.succulents and wildflowers in the courtyard

Topiary, succulents and wildflowers

This year I thought keeping the courtyard nearest to the house (and furthest from the garden tap) as a mix of architectural succulents and topiary, softened by white Moroccan daisies. I crept outside again that night, just as the sun was setting to take the snaps; it was just too nice to be indoors!!!

sunken parterre and fountain flanked by Date Palms

Oooh and if you are wondering if it can get any hotter summer officially starts at 6.07 on the 21st of June!!

Fountains and formal box in our cornish courtyard formed from a farmyard

The fountain is a timeless focal point in the main courtyard

May’s garden project

Libertia-Grandiflora makes an airy path edging



A path opens to the main lawn

The new path leads under established shrubs to the main lawn now

As I mention in our April Garden diary, we’ve worked on the new path to take our guest straight into the heart of the Italian Garden and the subtropical gravel border. And we’ve had not a little help from our guests who have heroically helped to barrow rocks across the fields, to rock connoisseur Charles and ferry cobbles along the path ready to be laid. By the way this activity is not compulsory if you are staying


with us they did volunteer!


May’s garden my final spring diary as summer beckons


Golden oat Grass - Stipa Gigantea beside an urn - May garden - Ednovean Farm

The ethereal golden oat grass stipa gigantea in our May garden

May’s garden diary is the last of the spring reports fro our Ednovean farm garden and by next month we will be firmly ensconced in the summer season.

What a early garden season we have had so far though, staring with my first reluctant forays into the garden in January with the first hints of the ice and snow in February before plunging into the full grip of the beast in March. We were only too thankful to blissfully settle into the gentle arms of April and the sweet enticements of May.

I wonder what our gardening year here at Ednovean farm will bring next as we welcome summer?!!


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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