My February Garden diary

early spring garden border with spiral topiary at Ednovean Farm

Evening sunshine on a spring border

As February gives way to March the month which brings with it the official meteorological first day of spring, the sunshine still conceals a chill in the air. And yet the garden is leaping into life around me, with bulbs emerging throughout the garden, each flower bringing bright splashes of colour to our lives after the long winter. How carefully I look at the new delicate buds each day, as if they could predict the year for me, as the Jet stream sinuously weaves its powerful spell over the British Isles. It never stays in one place or should I say position for long enough for me to predict my week let alone month and so the unrelenting progress of spring brings its own reassurance of the continuity of the season.

Cat on a blue bench

There is always competition for the best spots in the sun


This month in the Ednovean farm garden we’ve continued to clear and set the garden up ready for the year stopping as always promptly at 3.00p, for afternoon tea of course and somehow to sit and sip tea in the sunshine under a sun warmed granite wall and shut our eyes to soak up the warmth is to dream of Summer just around the corner.

For my photo album this month I wandered around the garden and took a few snaps of the flowers in the last golden rays of the day, as I waited for the sun to set over Mounts bay – rather as I’m waiting for the last vestiges of Winter to loosen its grip on our domain.

The great Gardens of Cornwall

If you are visiting Cornwall this month it is a great time to visit t the wonderful valley and estate gardens of Cornwall known as The Great Gardens of Cornwall. Each garden will be full now  of the exotic vibrant Camellias, Azaleas and Rhododendrons that grow so well in the acidic soils with the magnificent Magnolias overhead. Near to us just behind Penzance, the great estate garden of Trengwainton and the more intimate Trewidden have just reopened and I’m sure they will be a real treat for spring garden lovers.

Further reading

For more pictures of our winter spring garden do visit my January diary as I traced the first stirrings of the year in the garden.

Sunset across Mounts Bay from Ednovean Farm

Finally I was rewarded by a beautiful sunset beyond the garden


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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