April has succumbed to the full awakening of spring despite the best efforts of the fickle weather. Now at Ednovean Farm our formal box parterres are clothed in a swathe of impossibly vibrant green and I have recorded the progress for my April photo album throughout the month as always to share with you now. But also this month, as well as our garden at Ednovean farm that our house guests enjoy, I though I would make some suggestion for some extra gems to visit in May from the National Garden Scheme list for Cornwall.
We opened our garden at Ednovean Farm for a few years for this wonderful organisation that raises money for cancer charities and gardeners bursaries amongst other things so you entry fee will be going to a worthy cause.
This month in the Ednovean farm gardens
Each year with the passage of the seasons I watch the garden grow and develop and yet each year as spring inexorably continues along it timeless track i explore the garden anew relishing the changes of maturing growth and shrinking from the challenges of controlling it! Still we did cut back an overgrown boundary hedge to let some more light into the fig trees this month and horrors! Charles had to trim a bough from one of the figs so that the step to a hidden bench, usually found only by the cats, could be used.
The date palms were divested of their bottom leaves and mercifully no body was injured by the vicious spikes at the base this year although I did regret volunteering to drag all of the trimmings away to the bonfire after a while! And oh yes it is now possible to walk across that little lawn without crawling!
Gardens to visit in Cornwall in May
To visit a private garden not usually open to the public is always a delight and they usually have a more personal intimate atmosphere with home made cakes as well if you are lucky! For full details of the gardens open this month in Cornwall visit the NGS website
Chygurno Saturday 30th April, Sunday 1st May and Monday 2nd May
Lamorna TR19 6HX I visited this stunning cliff top garden overlooking Lamorna Cove some years ago now and it was still full of a fresh sense of discovery as the owners reclaimed the overgrown garden from a maze of brambles. If I remember rightly, my host told me the house was built by two suffragettes. (open at other times please phone 01736 732153)
Moyclare, Near Liskeard, PL14 4EH
The product of generation of the same family of keen plants women To visit website
Wednesday 4th May
This is another delightful garden that also opens to the public throughout the year and I often recommend this one to keen garden visiting guest’s who like to pack in two or thee gardens a day. I have a fond memory of walking down through the walled garden planted with exquisite colour combinations and then on through the bottom gate to explore the twin lake side planting Open throughout the year too! To visit website
Sunday 8th May
Boconnoc, Lostwithiel (plus 15th May) Web site for details
Ince Castle, Saltash PL12 4RA
Lamorran House, St Mawes Truro TR2 5BZ
I found this garden inspiring when we were developing our own garden at Ednovean Farm and we visited several times to soak up the atmosphere of the four acres of subtropical planting. Detail of their weekly opening on the website
Rosteageue Manor, Portscato TruroTR2 5EF
South Lea, Pillaton nr Saltash, PL12 6QS
Sunday 15th May
Ethnavas Cottage, Constantine Falmouth TR11 5PY
Penheale Manor, Egloskerry, Launceston PL15 8RX
Trebartha, Launceston PL15 7PD
Friday 20th May
Trematon Castle, Saltash PL12 4QW Details available on website
Saturday 21st May
Pinsla Garden and Nursery, Cardinham PL30 4AY Web Address below
Sunday 22nd May
Pinsla Garden and Nursery, Cardinham PL30 4AY Details available on website
Sunday 29th May
Lower Amble Gardens, Chapel Amble, Wadebridge PL27 6EW