What a summer romance the garden has to offer now. From the bees buzz lazily in the borders, to the days that stretch on seemingly forever, to the delicious moments of the golden hour.
There is a certain romance about the June garden; an indefinable atmosphere of triumph as the garden fulfils the promise of the summer days.
Creating an romantic atmosphere in the garden
This month the garden has tantalisingly offered a wonderful romantic, nostalgic atmosphere, all of its own. And I’ve crept out at dawn and dusk to attempt to capture the light of the golden hour – that headily charged, magic gateway, to the summer day.
What gives a garden that indefinable word “atmosphere”? The style of planting of course as it reflects the light and shade. That overworked word “A sense of place” – that allows the garden to harmonise with the landscape.
The juxtaposition of terracotta pots, wood and metal – the choices we make all reflect in the atmosphere of the garden.
Searching out reclaimed materials such as the granite sets used for this path or commissioning a one off blacksmith made gate, all help to ground a garden in place.
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This June in our garden at Ednovean Farm.
So join me this month for another look around the Ednovean Farm gardens
This month in the Ednovean Farm garden the old fashioned hydrangeas have worked a magic spell upon the courtyards. They have glowed in soft romantic white blooms, giving depth to courtyard vistas or warmly framed gateways in richer hues to entice and welcome our soon to return guests.
The box in the parterre
This month we’ve started to cut the box, in accordance with the long held tradition, that box should be cut around Derby day. I stopped at regular intervals to spritz the hedge cutter with bleach in the hope of controlling the box blight and finally sprayed the little hedges with Top Buxus. Fingers crossed!
Revisiting the Olive Trees
And with our recent furlough from Bed and Breakfast we’ve revisited the olive trees beyond the Italian Garden too. They’ve grown into sturdy trees over the intervening years.
Each of the four trees has developed its own “personality” since they were planted nineteen years ago, for our tenth wedding anniversary.
The original idea was that they would wave in the distance beyond the Italian Garden, to give a feeling of the Mediterranean. Alas the rapidly growing privet hedges have given them healthy competition for this mission statement!
June has brought the first produce from the potager and the first intrepid rabbits to scale the outer wire mesh and then penetrate the netting to feast on salad leaves. I think I’m beginning to sympathise with Mr Mc Gregor of Peter Rabbit fame!
But this week we too have sample the first salad leaves and tasted the first new potatoes so all is well in the world.
Looking forward to July in our garden at Ednovean Farm
As July approaches the Agapanthus are so tantalisingly close to flowering now. Soon their huge blue pompoms will return to soften the terraces. They’ve formed spreading colonies, which have stolen space in any dry sharply drained conditions available. So the summer garden romance goes on and I must be careful where I tread!