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January brings the breath of spring

Winter courtyard garden glimpsed though a gateThere is a breath of spring blowing through our garden now at Ednovean, bringing a tide of promising fresh green shoots from the earth and setting the early daffodils dancing on the breeze.

Spring comes early to Cornwall and the daffodil fields are starting to bloom around the country lanes just as winter reaches it zenith and the garden has brought its own relentless energy to renewing itself for the seasons to come.

 

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Our garden over the years

Date Palms formal parterre and fountain - ednovean courtyard gardenThis month I’d like to show you the changes the setting of Ednovean Farm has seen as it evolved from the combination of a Farmyard, a sand ménage and open field to the sub tropical gardens that you will find surrounding our home today.

I must admit it was searching through our photo box for some pre digital photos for our website “about us” page that inspired this first blog of the New Year. So some of the snaps today are pro photos that used to be used for publicity, before moving on to my usual more relaxed snaps that I usually share with you.

As it is quite a big garden now I’ve concentrated on the first befinings when we started work to remodel the old farmyard near to the house into a series of Mediterranean inspired courtyard spaces.

 

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One of the pleasures of November garden

Ednovean Farm's garden in November - garden diaryI think it is one of the pleasures of this time of year is to stroll about the garden without thinking too much about the work there is to be done just enjoying the gentle, velvety soft colours of autumn at Ednovean.

I can still plan though and delight in the new bulbs and Echiums that are starting to show – little promises of a season beyond the winter days to come, that I hope in turn will bring pleasure to our spring Bed and Breakfast guests.

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The changing face of Autumn in the garden

The Autumn leaves still frame the arbourI’ve come to treasure the changing face of autumn in the garden – the mellow shades of gold and russet that deck the leaves, the low subtle light and the ever-changing skies.

Now is the time for planning a little bit for the promise of warmer days to come when winter gives way to spring, by filling pots with new bulbs. Continue reading “The changing face of Autumn in the garden” »

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Away down to Lamorna

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The harbour at Lamorna – notice the winter storm damage that sent granite blocks tumbling to the sands

“Away down to Lamorna” is chorus of a famous Cornish song and I had forgotten just how beautiful Lamorna Valley was, until we drove down through the valley to the harbour again this week.

The tinge of autumn was yet to touch the luscious green of the all enveloping trees in this sheltered valley and summer lingered on for a perfect late autumn day.

We had planned a lunch at the Lamorna Wink before a visit to Chygurno Gardens on one of its last open days before the winter. As the season slips from summer to autumn we’ve already revisited several gardens this year – gardens that we first visited when planning our own gardens and we previously visited the terraced Gardens of Chygurno back in about 2000 just as the first Tree Ferns were planted.

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Lamorran House Garden

View from Lamorran GardenThe trees were already showing a trace of gold on their leaves, as we took the King Harry Ferry across the River Fal to the Roseland Peninsula, to visit the Lamorran House Gardens again.

Our last visit to Lamorran’s subtropical, Italianate garden must have been nearly twenty years ago and we were looking forward to retracing our steps through the palms as the far bank slipped away behind us and the faint vibration of the clanking ferry mechanism spread up through the deck to our feet.

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A Mediterranean Garden Diary from Cornwall

Mediterranean style Olive Trees - July garden Ednovean Farm

Find a hidden corner in the shade of an Olive Tree deep in the Italian Gardens

July brought us a Mediterranean summer that will live in our memories for many years to come and the garden has flourished, revelling in the warmth that stretched into the dusk.

The garden produced the vibrant, hot colours of summer in step with the weather and the warm dry air held the very scent of the Mediterranean from the herbs, Fennel and Lavenders.

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May in the Ednovean Garden

foxgloves and formal hedges above St Michael's Mount - May Garden Ednovean Farm

May’s garden is alive with wildflowers that soften the formal lines

Hello!!  Well this May I suddenly realised that it was nearly summer and I was still “in” spring mode so we had a flurry of editing and replanting the courtyard pots whilst in the wider garden we’ve been rescued by the wildflowers and the heady mix of formal and informal has never been more beautiful than with nature’s help this year. So welcome to my May Garden Dairy for our gardens at Ednovean Farm!  Continue reading “May in the Ednovean Garden” »

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April in the garden at Ednovean Farm

April courtyard glimpsed -garden diary Ednovean Farm

Sweetly scented flowers soften the spring courtyard garden

There is an air of anticipation for the day ahead now, as I step outside the door each morning and spring settles sweetly over the garden. We’ve had to work much harder this spring, to put out garden back on track for the year but at the same time, it has been deeply satisfying to rethink and refresh the garden for the season ahead.

Bird song rings around the garden now high and clear on misty mornings with the dew still glistening on the grass and soft and mellow int he sunshine a herald of the eternal progres of spring never more welcome than this year!

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March madness to spring equinox

March madness sees the front field clothed in snow with white topped hills across Mounts BayMarch madness has gripped the weather again this week and it temporally lost the plot for a while but has just got a grip on reality in time for the Spring equinox.

The bright spring days of last week have been replaced by earnest sessions of filling the bird feeders and bringing all of the horses on the farm in to the shelter of the stables as the temperatures plummeted again with the return of “The Beast from the East”

My only consolation was that our Bed and Breakfast guests from Australia and America loved it as they lived in normally overheated climes.

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