November in the Ednovean Farm Gardens

November garden bench and fig leaves

November in the garden and the season changes

November in the Ednovean farm garden and the wind of change blows through the garden towards winter as I’ve come to conclusion that it could now well be winter – in fact I checked the date on Google, yesterday, just to make sure. Sadly they confirmed the inevitable information but as with all things on Google there is a choice. Winter starts on December the 1st. That’s if you’re a meteorological time keeper of course but this version joyously finishes on the 29th of February – for Astronomical followers the start is the 21st December with the Winter Solstice and doesn’t finish not until a tawdry 20th of March. I looked at the dates and decided upon balance, to adopt the 1st of December and found a woolly hat to st out into the garden – just for the time being of course.

This month I’ve looked at the sheltered courtyard gardens where the more formal layout gives structure to our autumn garden and also looked again at the evergreen Italian gardens where the statues defy the elements in their spare architectural enclosures. Finally there’s another chance to see my little garden video, of the wind bringing the whole garden to life in restless motion, if you missed it last week.

Ednovean Farm's garden in November

The autumn light can be lovely – here it illuminates the serpentine terrace above the south walk

I must admit that we spend less time on the garden at this time of year but still spend afternoons loading those handy spent ton builders merchant bags with the fallen palm leaves and debris brought down by the wind, before standing  back briefly to admire our efforts………….. Before the next wind scorches across the bay from the sea towards us, ah well!

November in the courtyard Gardens

And it is the wind that our garden is designed for with borders full of the strappy glossy leafed foliage that shakes off the scorching winds of autumn interspersed by soft blue grey plants as I showed in my little video of the first of the winter’s gales – the gardens brought to restless life in the winds of autumn.Message

I must admit I stood in the middle of the Italian garden and felt awe for the first time by the sheer power and drama of the strong structural hedges and at our temerity in taking on such a project. It just goes to prove that anything is possible in a garden – I always describe our gardening efforts as a little at a time and rather like walking down a very long road you suddenly look back and realise how far you have come!

Pahway to an italianate garden in cornwall

This morning after the rain and the old granite set path gleams in the light

November in the Italian Gardens

About Christine Taylor

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 eight horses including a Spanish Stallion called Danni. Christine writes a weekly blog about life on the farm and garden with an occasional series about places of interest in West Cornwall

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