The August garden – A window into summer

Agapathus and Fennel below a shelter belt of Palms

Agapanthus and Fennel frame the entrance to the small formal sundial garden beyond the main terrace

The August garden at Ednovean Farm is a window into a summer’s day this month, unfolding gently chapter by chapter with each day that has dawned. This month I’ve watched the dancing sunlight on the foliage and felt the warm sultry shadows of mid summer. This month the garden has seen the whole unpredictable yet satisfying drama of the summer days played out in this window into summer and so I thought I’d start my garden diary early too, just in case the camera should suddenly give up its task of recording our days!

The glorious Agapanthus

I’ve encouraged the Agapanthus to seed themselves around the garden and they are never happier that spreading their roots out across the mypex barrier below the gravel to happily bake where the wind has blown the seed in the winter months.

Lush glorious shadows

Do they almost beguilingly invite you to take a spectator’s view of the sunny world around and linger in their warm depths to watch the world go by? I’ve loved the huge blousy Agapanthus that almost seem to float above the terraces on their impossible delicate stems;   I’ve watched the Golden fennel seeds thrown into delicate, shimmering, contrast against dramatic evening skies, as they suddenly become stars from their self appointed positions around the garden.

Sea views from Ednovean Farm

The shady gateway leads to a glorious view down over the gardens to St Michael’s Mount

Grasses and Echiums

The final chapter this week was made snoozing on a warm afternoon waiting for our latest B&B guests to arrive surrounded by the arching forms of the grasses. I watched the light change on the plump seeds as the sun probed the womb like cloud cover above and occasionally looked up to see the tall Echiums still framing the lawn beyond –they are nearly spent now but still form a stately swaying testament to the memories of summer days.

To be continued later in the month please drop back again to watch the month unfold ……………

Grey burmese cat

Louis Cat enjoying the salst of evening sunshine under the farmhouses granite walls full of the warmth of the day


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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