Watching the gardens progress from winter to spring has spread a veil of hope over our days this year.
This Sunday in our garden
There’s been an epic battle between the gales of winter and the certainty of spring this year. Finally, as we transitioned from the spring solstice to British summertime, the zany green fresh growth of spring spread a balm of grace over our garden.
The tulips are pushing their way up in the terrace’s urns and the Ukrainian flag is flutters defiantly above Perranuthnoe’s church.
Narcissus the acolytes of springtime
The spring narcissus are the joyful acolytes of springtime for me. They’re so eagerly awaited and reappear in so many forms as the season progresses.
The delicate sweet scented narcissi have spread still further through the garden in well established clumps. As the evenings have lengthened, there has been more time to wander beside the paths made exquisite by nodding flowers.
Some years are for pottering after all!
The gardens here at Ednovean farm have grown and matured now. In some years we’ve made big changes and plans, whilst in others we’ve primped and preened in an orgy of contented pottering. This has been a pottering sort of year with odd bursts of energy to clear away the bounty of winter storms.
Do you remember last years project to create more entrances into the Italian Garden? This one has mellowed now with echiums ready to flower and box balls (not seen) lining the pathway.
The spring pathways at Ednovean circumnavigate the perimeter of the gardens here. And provide a frame the Italian Garden – a sheltered Hortus conclusus hugged tight within their embrace.
Into the Italian Garden for a delicate taste of spring
In the Italian Garden the bright lime green of the euphorbia punctuates the planting in its very own anarchic, self appointed, rhythm.
Each year this arrangement changes depending on how well we track down the seedlings but rather like the teasels there’s always another one coming along behind! I always feel that I am visiting summertime in this garden with its devotion to a Mediterranean style of planting yet spring arrives here too with a delicate touch.
We’ve just uncovered the agaves here too – after the threat of winter frosts has finally passed but alas this weeks forecast may see us rushing back again!
The courtyards of Ednovean!
The courtyard gardens and terraces around the house provide a formal framework through the winter months. The box topiary contrasts with the ever ebullient, Date Palms that also repeat to form a rhythm through the gardens.
But here and there as the garden has evolved I’ve started place a few pieces of topiary around the lawns. These will help to anchor the soft waves of planting more closely to the house. So far they’ve withstood the winter gales the ever present test of garden so near to the sea in Cornwall!
And finally from my Ednovean garden diary…
Can I tempt you to Easter in Cornwall to explore our gardens yourself? We have two gorgeous bedrooms each with French doors into the gardens to offer you!!