Now is such a special time for the garden and I think this year our Ednovean Daffodils have smashed it. Sadly they’ve bloomed unseen this year as the joyous yellow tide spread across our lower spring garden – well apart from our followers on social media of course.
A very happy Easter to you from our garden!
This year I’ve filled the pots that frame the front door with tulips in rich shades of plum dark read and pink. And our home has as pretty welcoming wreath of faux bird’s eggs. The tulips haven’t quite managed to open fully yet but they’ve enjoyed tantalising me over the last week as I rush out at the first glimmer of sunshine to check progress!
We’re “home alone” this Easter as I mentioned in latest our spring newsletter. I think it’s the first time for thirty years. It’s a bit like bread falling butter side down really for the spring flowers to perform so well.
The spirit of place
But a garden can never stand still and there was something about ours that had stalled. A stillness that was not quite right. I started researching Genius loci: – the Spirit of place – to find an interpretation to extend the gardens unique character.
Spirit of place (or soul) refers to the unique, distinctive and cherished aspects of a place; often those celebrated by artists and writers, but also those cherished in folk tales, festivals and celebrations. … The Roman term for spirit of place was Genius loci, by which it is sometimes still referred.Spirit of Place Wikipedia
The Ednovean garden that spans the hillside above Mounts Bay on a journey that treads from formal space to open lawns; from carefully clipped topiary to ebullient wild drifts of spring bulbs. In doing so I found the sprit of the garden was something to reflect and treasure that can so easily be destroyed.
Interpret Genius loci as you will but ignore it at your peril. Incidentally some argue it should be more correctly called Anima loci take a peek at the interesting article that touches the Celtic soul of Cornwall.
We’ve opened a new West Entrance to the Italian Garden. This will link the lower terraces to the formal enclosed spaces. Check out my garden diary to follow our progress.
You’ve probably noticed that I’m a great believer in recycling the earths resources whenever possible! So this project is quite in keeping and I’ve collected second hand gates from on-line sites. Charles started to hum the theme tune from Steptoe and son as my deliveries arrived!
I hope that framing the entrances will signify the movement from one area to another to our visitors and encourage to pause and reflect as they enter each area. Maybe this will just leave time to be touched by the very special spirit of the Ednovean Gardens.
Next month the potager garden (opposite) should be in production!
Wishing you all a wonderful relaxing Easter in the sanctuary of your home and garden!!
From Christine and Charles at Ednovean Farm!!