This year in the Ednovean Farm Garden a roundup of 2017.

Diary of a sub tropical Cornish garden - Ednovean Farm a luxury Bed and BreakfastCome and visit my garden at Ednovean Farm, in my final Garden diary entry for 2017 I’d like to make a roundup of the seasons.  The garden in the far south west of Cornwall that has become my friend, litmus of emotions, reflection of dreams and hard taskmaster.  This blog will follow the year in the Ednovean Farm Garden, so enjoyed by our Bed and breakfast guests,  just as 2017 draws to a close and  I would like to wish you all a very happy New Year!!

The Garden at Ednovean Farm though 2017

Seasons in a garden - March formal parterre and fountain

2017 brought successes ad failures to our garden as it matures and it is time to take stock of the maturing garden

We’ve had some gardening successes and failures this year as everybody does – success in finally changing the design of the Italian Garden by removing one long hedge to open up the interior and a failure in not understanding the voracious appetite of the garden rabbits for the new plants in the new formal garden. My dreams for this garden have swung between massed lavender (carefully sourced at a reasonable price from the car boot sale) and just as enthusiastically consumed by said bunnies, to visions of filling those borders with chic white Hydrangeas or perhaps flamboyant exotics. Half closed dreaming eyes are a good way to take stock of a garden after all!! So without further ado join me to journey through 2017 in the gardens here at Ednovean Farm.

 

The passage of Spring into Summer 2017

January

January and the first daffodils emerge in the gardenThe joy of watching life return to the garden with spring bulbs bringing welcome joy to our days after the short Winter days around Christmas

Winter brings the white flash of a seagull’s wing against leaden skies and yet in the garden, spring is starting to stir as it comes back to life. Read more

February

February days of spring -daffodils around a granite focal pointWe sent sometime on the framework of the formal Italian Garden, enjoying the time spent outdoors agian as the days grew warmer

We stole a march on summer this month in the garden, working intensely to prepare the Italian Garden ready for its role in a short period film pilot last weekend Read more

March

March and a garden project - formal formal gardenSpring seemed to be racing away from us because as is often said “spring comes early to Cornwall!” We vist the Sculpture gardens at Tremenherre just outside of Penzance

I finally understood the song “slow down you’re going to fast” as spring sped away from us this year in the garden. It felt that no sooner than the tide of Daffodils had spread across garden than their vibrant yellow blooms seemed almost to look far too bright as the intensity of the light increased with the lengthening days. Read more

April

Pale pink apple blossom fn AprilExciting days ahead as the garden develops towards its summer finery, a drought casts deep cracks through the earth and we steal away for inspiration at the gorgeous gardens of St Micheal’s Mount the iconic island within sight of our garden

The apple blossom forms a delicate pale pink froth over the once bare apple trees and the magnificent spears of the Echiums make an informal guard of swaying spires around the lawn. Read more

May

Tall echium spires in teh May garden at Ednovean FarmValiant Echiums march through the borders and we suddenly realise we have to start a pruning programme if not to be totally overwhelmed by foliage!

The glorious month of May and nature has woven a silken thread thorough the garden spontaneous reclaiming the carefully planned spaces with flamboyant mischievously places flowers as though she chose to sprinkle a little fairy dust across the landscape. The sea has never glowed as blue as it has this May, to make a perfect backdrop to our days in the garden and we’ve been busy re ordering some of the spaces in the Italian Garden. Read more

The glorious Summer days

 

June

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Tranquil garden bench - June Garden

June brings the summer face to the garden and time to reflect on the long summer evenings

This month the magnificent Echiums that so intrigue our garden loving Bed and Breakfast guests, have started to fade, to be replaced by the emerging flowers of the ranks of Agapanthus that populate the garden. Read more

July

White hydrangeas in the shadow of fig trees frame the gatewayAh July – the zenith of the gardens year with endless sunny days or at least long hours of daylight!

Ah the blousy days of summer – those hot July days that fades into long summer evening. July’s days so full of promises and long forgotten dreams that you hope they will go on for ever. This month the memories formed in the July garden will fill winter musings, as we sit by the fire, pull out a snugly throw and turn on the telly or find a good book. Read more

August

August the summer fountain and lush Date palmsAugust brought the tall swaying grasses back into focus after the distraction of flowers and we visited the lush Tree Ferns at Trewidden Garden

As August drew to a close the vibrant, rust coloured Miscanthus seeds heads have emerged from their plump rounded clumps to straddle August the season leading into September, much as the Agapanthus did in July. Sadly the Agapanthus season is now spent for this year and it only remains to cut back the tall swaying seed heads as they finally shed their seeds. Read more

Autumns silent call

September

Summer fades - 2017 garden diaryThere was a hint of Autumn already travelling through the garden and yet the slow gin that we made then has only just been enjoyed now at Christmas time as a lasting memory of summer days spent

Ah goodbye September and with it the summer days as autumn calls and the year mellows. The autumn solstice – those mysterious harbingers of our year intoned by the weather men has passed us by and yet the life of the garden continues. Read more

October

October's autumn garden terraceGolden days of autumn with the first stirrings of the winter winds

The first brisk blow of autumn was the remnants of a distant hurricane and the second one was the inheritance of an Atlantic weather bomb within days of each other. Each gust brought with it its own brand of destruction and a perfect storm of palm leaves hurtling across our lawns to be patiently cleared up. Yet on other days the beautiful golden light of autumn lent a little bit of magic to the garden. Read more

November

November garden diary - cannas and Phormiums add a jungle like look to the bordersThe first hints of winter start to knock on the gardens calm and how grateful we are for the system of hedges that protect it now cocooned in it sown little micro climate. We took an autumn pilgrimage to Trebah Gardens that we visited so many years ago when we first planed our garden

November has been a strange month for my garden diary, a month of days born as if on butterfly wings through the garden, swinging from soft tranquil days to dark dramatic skies before giving way to the final sting of winter. Read more

 

Winter days dawn

December

December garden diary - spring bulbs on the doorstepThis brings me to my final entry yet to be written for the year. And this month what did I achieve – I cleared mountains of debris from the shelter belts and under estimated the shortening of the days or as Charles put it “It was dark so I thought you would come in!” For Christmas I decide to bring spring o our front door to welcome our Festive seasons Bed and Breakfast guests and planted white Hellebore and Hyacinths in time worn terracotta pots around the front door – I did plant the final bulbs under the food lights though so they were slightly skew-whiff but you know they have straightened themselves up beautifully over the last few days. What a forgiving place a garden can be with life of its own to travel through the  seasons!!

Thank you for joining me this year and reading the diaries of Ednovean Farm’s Garden and lets anticipate the New year in the eternal life of the garden. Happy New Year!!

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. 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. Christine writes a weekly blog about life on the farm and garden with an occasional series about places of interest in West Cornwall concentrating on those off the beaten track places atha only the locals find

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