May and June are a stunning time for the gardens at Ednovean Farm, with the final flamboyance of springtime in May finally giving way to the bold voluptuous new growth of the summertime.
With the summer equinox it was a chance to relishing the soft opulence of the new summer growth around me, whilst I gathering the final seed heads from spring garden and scatter them further afield ready for a future season.
So join me this week for my highlights of the gardens at Ednovean Farm as they slowly transform between spring and summertime.
Changing seasons in the garden
There is a change of atmosphere in the gardens as spring turns to summer. In the Italian Garden the newly verdant spring hedges are alive with gentle cheeping from birds nest artfully concealed their depths, until one day a contented silence falls and I realise that the hedges have burst into their milky white flowers of the summer and are claimed by a gentle drift of moths and butterflies lazily drifting in the afternoon air.
The courtyard entrances are one of the surest litmus for the season and the dramatic Beschorneria yuccoides of spring has now given way to a gentle frame of voluptuous white hydrangeas in the inner courtyard framing the entrance to the wider garden and gently beckoning us out to enjoy the sunny hillside above Mount Bay.
A garden of memories framed by the seasons
As May moves to June the soft pinky copper Albertine Rose planted in a tub in the courtyard garden, flowers again. Each year it brings back treasured memories of my wedding anniversary falls in May and my father who gave me the rose upon our marriage twenty eight years ago saying “The Woodhams family have always had this rose in their garden”
Over the years it has forgiven my novice garden administrations in the courtyard we have hewn from the old farmyard and withstood my first faltering gardening efforts, This year it has repaid me with a nostalgic gentle perfume once more, a beautiful old fashioned scent that hangs in the air each year as a poignant memory of childhood days and the years we have spent here. And then the petals will gently fall to lay upon the gravel for a day or two or be eddied away by the breeze.
Adding to those garden memories
Of course a wedding anniversary was the perfect time to add to my pots collect and I found a beautiful Greek style pot locally to add as a focal point in my project/supper garden. It is so wonderful to enjoy the long light evenings in the garden again and I took the snap of David that heads my blog today in the golden hour after eating supper there on the Summer Equinox.
Courtyard pots for spring and summertime
Our courtyard also holds a treasured selection of pots some filled with the succulents that were a thoughtful gift from a departing guest and now with surprisingly vibrant flowers to intrigue me as I walk passed them.
Our courtyard garden Gateway to a season
Garden highlights from the developing season
Sometimes it is the early dusk that brings the humblest plants into magic relief – a unassuming hedging fuchsia poised as delicately as a ballerina above a path rich with a range of textures. Sometimes the warmth of the afternoon sun just touching and forming colony of Agaves in a gravel border.
And promises for the summer days to come
And throughout the gravel terraces swathes of Agapanthus, revived, after a years barren sulking about “The Beast from the East” have sent up plump buds sailing on whippy stems. So I think the approaching summer days will be as full of vibrant life in the gardens at Ednovean Farm