July in the garden and now it almost seems intoxicated with the season, throwing up vibrant (did I really plan that there?!) plant colour combination in a glorious profusion. But then July is the summer ball or the proms for the garden, as it reaches the zenith of its power and it is time for a little bit of razzle-dazzle, after the restraint on the cooler months.
For this month’s garden diary we’ve had a visit from a professional garden photographer, very nearly caught up in the Italian Garden and revelled in the vibrant days of Summer.
This month’s garden news
This month professional garden photographer Carole Drake came to visit again to capture the garden in its summer finery so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that the garden behaved itself and we will have a wonderful new article to look forward too again for next year. Last year Carole’s article Ednovean Farm featured in the September issue of Homes and Gardens.
The garden terraces
The terrace above the parterre is flamboyant with dark pink Hydrangeas and vibrant red geraniums after the more restrained entrance courtyard in subtle grey and white tones with a dash of aromatic fennel.
Below the garden room the Agapanthus are stunning again this year and growing larger with each season I’d swear; now they are nearly head height in places as they bask in the summer’s warmth baking their roots in the gravel.
The courtyard pots
Ah my love affair with pots has yet to wane, even if I do have to spend an inordinate amount of time watering them in the evenings. The intoxicating mix of scented Geraniums, box topiary, succulents and European fan palms in a discrete wave of colour with the odd exclamation point in vibrant hues. I added two beautiful white roses the other day to a quiet corner but they were not a success – all of the flowers dropped off – I’m sure it was nothing to do with me!
The Italian Gardens
The birds have taken a break from their nesting for a moment and we have managed to have the fine tall hedges that frame the shadowing lawns of the Italian Garden returned to their crisp outline.
I love this garden in the height of summer shut away from the world and framed with sub tropical planting the heat lingers on in the microclimate formed from the garden rooms with any sea breezes reduced to a whisper.
I hope that you have enjoyed my journey through the gardens of the Ednovean Farm garden in July here in Cornwall. May the summer stretch forward long into the autumn don’t you think!!