The reluctant January Gardener!

Aloe flowers in january's garden beside gravel path

January flowers –

I must admit to being a reluctant January gardener this month – perhaps it was too much Christmas but somehow the prospect of a left over box of Christmas chocs. and afternoon screening of Father Brown won me over instead!

And yet somehow the garden got on with “making spring” all on its own, bursting into life with a flurry of vibrant Narcissus who have been waiting for twelve months for their very own stage show in which to shine and an exotic Aloe has been fascinating in the Italian Garden

The garden is in control and orders Spring!

January brings spring daffodils

Early golden NarcissusThe garden has set the stage for another year with a growing ribbon of spring flowers spreading across its face in clumps and drifts of soft yellow blooms. The days have been short too – something I underestimated when planning my assault on ambitions and chores – or as Charles put it “It was dark so I though you’d come inside!” The storms this year have been a thing to be reckoned with too, as no sooner had we cleared up one set of storm debris, than it was replaced again, with the compliments of the season. Wonderful for bracing walks along the cliff tops and beaches; joy to wave watchers and surfers but daunting for everyday tasks in the garden!

But clearing and planning in the garden has started in earnest now as the month draws to a close – now is the time to lay foundations for the gardening year ahead when our Bed and Breakfast guest will enjoy the garden on sultry summer evenings.


News from our Gardens

Aloe flowers in january's garden beside gravel path

January flowers –


spinosissima aloe besdie a gravel path - January garden


Well I can’t really claim that I knew this was a spinosissima aloe but it seems the most likely suspect at the moment after “asking a friend on twitter” as the label had sadly worn away. I snapped it in the early spring sunshine – what a difference those golden rays make to a garden! In its native Africa it would flower in the cooler months of June but in Cornwall it has chosen January!


Spring welcomes

Spring pots of flowers now flank our front door and while they are neither rare or unusual I think the spring flowers are welcoming and comforting  and on those dreary days of winter a sweet reminder that spring is fast approaching.

Terracota pots of spring floers and cat beside a doorway

The January diary garden album

I hope you’ve enjoyed the January update of the gardens at Ednovean Farm even if I have temporarily been a bit of a reluctant gardener! Try my garden roundup of the year for a month by month guide to enjoying our garden, to pick the months you would like to know more about and help your holiday plans


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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