The spring delights of the March garden, as we catch up tithe gardening jobs ready for our B&B season. This March has fled away from us, carried on the rollercoaster of the seasons towards its predestined destination. As the month closes, the wonderful tide of yellow daffodils has already started to give way to vibrant tulips in candy bright colours.
Spring delights of the March garden
I took a quick walk around our garden yesterday evening, as the last of the storm slunk away. The gorgeous little cyclamen clustered below the tree fern, the sharp lime green of the euphorbia, the nodding heads of the hellebores, all such transient spring delights that flatter the garden just for a season!
The spring breezes sometimes carry the sweet vanilla scent of the golden gorse along the Ednovean lane. It’s a lane transformed by swathes of delicate, white blossom in the May trees each year that transforms the thorny branches.
March – this month in the garden here.
As March draws to a close the ebullient daffodils are starting to fade. They are replaced now by gorgeous tulips as the main performers on the garden’s seasonal stage. These can’t be safely planted out in the borders here at Ednovean Farm though. Tulips are far too tempting as a feast for our garden wildlife. Containers perhaps? Well these too proved to be a tasty feast in places. Four big pots packed with bulbs were totally empty by the time spring. I won’t mention any names, Spud cat or point a finger for responsibility! Luckily the rest survived to flower
As gardens grow and develop a little editing is needed from time to time to restore the balance. It’s a delicate balance to keep the long term plan, yet allow the garden to grow in character and spirit!
This March has seen a big change to the garden!
This month’s major job has seen Charles radical pruning of the overgrown hedge that separates us from Mounts Bay. Each day armed with a chain saw he has painstakingly lowered it section by section. And slowly, the lovely views across the valley to sea and village have shone once more. I believe the pole chain saw might have burnt out!
We hope that by weaving the cut sections through the hedge it will make a better wind break and wildlife corridor across the garden.
Our borders are a gentle mix of gently blue grey foliage and different textures echoing the colours of the Mediterranean. The Chamaerops Humilis or European fan palms have quietly developed through the gardens. This enchanting and oh so tempting of palms, that line garden centre benches, have now laid their claim to the fabric of the garden’s soul.
Two or three of these palms, line a favourite spot overlooking the lawns. It’s a spot that I often use to offer a welcoming pot of tea for newly arrived guests. So I spent a hazardous couple of days crawling in amongst the viciously barbed leaves, to remove the oldest leaves and reveal all of their Mediterranean promise and glory.
Chamaerops Humils in the secret Garden. This garden is available for very small weddings!
The Ednovean Farm Gardens are a relaxing spot to enjoy the delights of the seasons. Now the newly enhanced view will be a great start to a holiday in Cornwall!