This summer we really did experience a very different life to our usual temperate coastal days!
The warmth has lingered in the courtyard gardens long into the evening this summer, with the old stone walls soaking up the heat and then slowly releasing the bounty of the day. It has been oh so tempting to sit long into the darkness amongst the twinkle of candles – particularly after the long laborious sessions of container watering!
Let me show you around our summer garden at Ednovean Farm this year . . .
Welcome to our Mediterranean inspired courtyards
The formal Italian inspired courtyards formed through the old farmyard have shrugged off the heat wave this summer.
The cordons of Fig and Date palms that surround the formal plantings of box are perfect for extremes of heat. Whilst the gravel paths that dissect the spaces are easy to maintain and perfectly drought proof!
The Italian Gardens and garden rooms
The Kitchen garden
Charles was disappointed with his kitchen garden this year after a concerted attack by the hungry rabbits. They were particularly partial to lettuces and peas. So although I think it safe to say that we feasted on home grown potatoes and tomatoes as never before, he’s added a couple of fruit trees for a slight change in direction.
And finally the South walk with the new perennial planting
The new perennial border
You may remember the “New perennial planting” that I attempted back in 2020? With the delicate plug plants of Russian sage that I purchased on line and jealously guarded against the rabbits. Well this summer they have achieved their fully grown size and prevailed after an early summer battle with the borage.
I think that they’ve made a relaxed contrasting to the garden, on the western facing terrace that’s perfect for a stroll with a summer sunset
Yet how lush the gardens look now after the autumn rains.
The summer garden have sprung back to life after the long summer drought with relish. The gardens that shelter us from the sea and frame our days. The gardens that mark the changing seasons and buffer the storms.
Our much loved gardens. A perfect muse for our guests to explore and a seasonal adventure under the skies. See you again very soon when I show you around our autumn gardens full of vibrant life in my next garden diary