Our garden’s journey through August and September as summer slowly fades to autumn

Daisies in the golden glow of evening sun as summer turns to autumn in the gardenWe watched the heady days of high summer slowly slip to the gently ease of autumn throughout August and September in our garden here at Ednovean farm. The whisper of the crickets’ song has finally faded into the dusk and with them, the swirling flights of House Martins catching the last midge over the lawn before their autumn migration.

Each year our garden charts the season in its never ending evolution and I’ve found that writing the garden blog over the years has helped me to understand the subtle changes that take place year by year too and it is an unexpected pleasure to look back over the photos of the season reflected in our garden. I do hope that you enjoy them too!

Agave and agapanthus with stone bench in the Italian GArden

Sometimes at dusk we still catch sight of the two tiny bats that emerge from their hidden roost and flit about the lawn in erratic flight and the bright flash of a butterfly wings in the morning sunshine.

August days in the Garden

The bright sharp light throws the sculptural plants into sharp relief this month and the Agaves that sit in pots on top of the terrace entrance lend a continental feel to the garden now at the height of summer.

The other star of the garden has to be the Agapanthus now that the Echiums have faded as they bob above the gravel. They ruthlessly self seeded themselves to claim the dry warm spot as their very own habitat, leaving the parent plants discreetly sitting in the border not quite as showy as their migrating offspring.

Terracotta pots with Agave framing an entrance

September days in the garden

hand made railing glimpsed through the treesSeptember still holds the promise of summer with warm days slipping into warmer nights and occasionally we like to sit with a glass of wine beside the lawn into the dusk or on busy garden days we always take a break with lunch in the garden to save time.

As dusk falls earlier I can be more often spotted finishing the watering after miscalculating the sunset or searching for Spud Cat who likes to use the urn bases for mousing patrols and sits half hidden by the closing night.border-planting-september in the garden

September saw the last of the Italian Garden hedges cut and squared up for the season with the extra incentive of a film crew coming to visit which led to some frantic weeding although I needn’t of bothered as they mostly filmed at night as I mentioned in my recent blog On location at Ednovean Farm. What an exciting month it was though for the garden – I wonder if the  five minutes minutes of fame will be cut ?!


box topiary in terracotta pots

Luckily the props guys agreed to leave the pergola that they erected in the centre of the lawn and it did look magnificent there but upon reflection it has been reconstructed in the Italian Garden in a space I was nurturing for a Summer House…..and I do believe Charles has nearly come around to my idea of a gap in the hedge between two garden enclosures to create a vista from it – Watch this space as they say!

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Gardening News!

Happy Gardening and look out for our garden at Ednovean Farm in Gardening News as the Garden of the Week in the 17th October edition!

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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