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Life in the Gulf Stream

View over formal Parterre and sub tropical planting

Early morning and I peek down on the parterre in our courtyard garden lined with Date Palms

We are so lucky to live on the West Cornwall Peninsula. The most south westerly peninsular in Britain warmed by the Gulf Stream – the warm air that flows from the Caribbean north east towards Europe and that lends us this unique sub tropical climate. Yet each day as I look down over the courtyard in the morning I still admire the Date Palms for their arching beauty and their ability to transport my imagination to anywhere in the world. Continue reading “Life in the Gulf Stream” »

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June in the Ednovean Farm Garden

Formal courtyard garden at Ednovean Farm

I looked down on the courtyard garden early this morning and was pleased to see the hedges improving!

June has been a wonderful month for the garden here at Ednovean farm, with the sun almost dancing in the garden’s shadows. The long dry spell has suited our planting of drought loving and grey leafed plants perfectly here in our seaside garden. This month more of the garden furniture has had a bright new makeover, more unruly hedges have been almost tamed into submission and I completed a tiny new garden project. Continue reading “June in the Ednovean Farm Garden” »

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A summer evening

A summer border int eh garden at Ednovean Farm

The soft golden light as the day fades to evening in our garden

“There is something very comforting about a summers’ evening in Cornwall” Charles remarked tonight as we sat in the garden and he’s right – there is something quintessentially British about sitting in the fading light as a long summer evening meets the night. It brings those half remembered impressions of past summers back to the forefront of our memories– those symbols that say summer in big bold letters. The chiming of a church clock perhaps, or the golden light of early evening, maybe anticipating the prospect of barbeques on the beach –all these things add up to summer days that stretch on seemingly forever as unbelievable we approach the longest day of the year. Continue reading “A summer evening” »

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Tiptoe into summer

ednovean farm breakfast with a viewJune seemed to appear suddenly this year, without warning. With June came the first meteorological day of summer – in fact I think we tiptoed into summer this year from the long spring days that lingered still fresh and new in our minds. The sea that frames our lives looks impossibly blue these days – one day soon we must walk down to the water’s edge again…… but not yet, not until I’ve finished painting! Still wouldn’t it be nice to linger over breakfast on the lawn gazing at St Michael’s Mount while planning  the day stretching ahead around the Cornish coast?

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May in the Ednovean Farm Garden

 

Sub tropical garden in Cornwall

Looking down on the echiums and Date Palm at the courtyard entrance

May has come and nearly gone in our Cornish garden at Ednovean farm and it has never felt as alive and full of spring promise as this year as the garden continues to mature.The scent of the blue bells is still hanging in the air, long after it should have been gone but then this has been a strange, voluptuous month, held in slow motion, hostage to the cool breezes. Continue reading “May in the Ednovean Farm Garden” »

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April in the Ednovean Farm Garden

Tulips and formal topiary in Cornwall

The tulips have been a joy this month appearing reliably again each year.

As April flaunts the last of her spring credentials, the hotly anticipated Tulips have at last faded in our entrance at Ednovean Farm. The last of the silky white petals falling just as the first plump buds of the Irises emerged. Spring is dead long live the spring and on with the show! Continue reading “April in the Ednovean Farm Garden” »

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My March garden diary as spring rolls out

Ednovean Farm in West Cornwall where spring comes early

An old gatepost, softened by enveloping Daffodils, provides a focal point at the end of a garden walk

Each day brings new changes to the garden and to the Cornish countryside too as we race towards the spring equinox on Friday. Of course, in reality every hedgerow and bank is a garden at the moment with bright primroses tucked between the mossy stones beside the lanes and flower pickers hard at work in the flower fields. Already now some fields have “bolted” and been left unpicked as a blaze of golden yellow to catch the eye unexpectedly. In the Ednovean farm garden the first tulip opened today and so I thought I had better start my monthly diary before those daffodil days were gone! Continue reading “My March garden diary as spring rolls out” »

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This morning in Cornwall

Ednovean Farm view to St Michaels Mount and Penzance

Looking across Mounts Bay beyond St Michael’s Mount to Penzance and Newlyn

This morning is just too beautiful not to share and so I’m putting a quick mini blog up just of the view. I took this snap from my kitchen this morning looking down over the gardens to St Michaels Mount with the tide right out by the look of it too.

St Michael’s Mount will be open this morning with Tuesday at 1100am. and again at 2.00p.m. From the 15th of March it will open from 10.30 – 5.00 daily (except Saturdays) It looks so lovely out there I wish I could go.  Continue reading “This morning in Cornwall” »

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February days in the garden

 

Bold crocusAh February days in the garden when the perfect mystery of the season begins expand its magic as each day I’ve watched the garden slowly unfold from its winter rest. Each day has brought a new part of the cycle of the gardens return to life that it has been so slight that it has been almost imperceptible. I’ve watched the Daffodils slowly unfold from the soil and spread through the garden starting in the warmest most sheltered corners and then finally surging through the garden in an unstoppable tide. Continue reading “February days in the garden” »

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January in the Ednovean garden

Soleil D'orWinter has snarled its petulance to us this week, as January draws to a close, I hope it is one last act of defiance and we can move forwards into spring. Yet still today, as I walked to a wilder corner of the garden to take some snaps today ready for today’s blog, I was charmed by the scent of the early Soleil D’or Daffodils as it swirled around me. Continue reading “January in the Ednovean garden” »