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Trebah Gardens an autumn pilgrimage

Sub tropical gardens -Trebah

Trebah Gardens in November

We explored Trebah garden again yesterday, as the golden leaves of autumn swirled around our feet. This magnificent garden is in a lush sheltered river valley running down to the sea and the garden coaxes you along its well manicured paths with all of the authority of a vintage Rolls Royce.

The Walk from the lush palms at the top of the garden down through the valley is always accompanied by the gurgle of water passing through the gardens heart, until finally the sound of the waves landing on the shore below signal the Helford River and the sea.
Trebah is so evocative of the heady bygone worlds described by Rosamunde Pilcher and Daphne Du Maurier etched in my imagination yet there is poignancy there too, in the memory of the men that left the rarefied world of the sub tropical valley at Trebah, one dark night for the D day landings never to return. Continue reading “Trebah Gardens an autumn pilgrimage” »

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October’s mellow days – garden diary

Jungle like planting - palms October gardenI would like to say October’s garden diary was full of golden mellow days but two gales scorched through the gardens this month in quick succession, reorganising our carefully planned gardening schedule into one long raking session.

This October we’ve had time to finish clearing the hedge in the Italian Garden and resurface the car park, so join me again, to look around the garden this October, as the garden balances gently between blowsy autumn fruition and the spare winter sleep that will see the structure of the garden shine once more in winter days’ light.

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September garden diary – is autumn calling?

Trees arching over distant urns - September gardenAh goodbye September and with it the summer days as  autumn calls and the year mellows. The  autumn solstice – those mysterious harbingers of our year intoned by the weather men has passed us by and yet the life of the garden continues.

This  September the garden has continued to thrive here at Ednovean Farm,  with the native hedgerow, that helps the garden melt into the countryside providing an unexpected bounty of juicy black Sloes berries  that tempted us to make  some  Sloe Gin for Christmas.

We checked out the  the National Dahlia collection for you too, as the month has drawn to a close, to enjoy the final autumn blooms of September, upon the recommendation of one of our Bed and Breakfast guests – and did I buy one – read on!? Continue reading “September garden diary – is autumn calling?” »

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Autumn days and sloe gin

Glossy back sloes - blackthorn fruits to make sloe ginAutumn days are with us now but with the consolation of harvesting the sloe berries from the hedgerows to make Sloe Gin for a winter or Christmas treat. Sloe Gin is a delicious deep, dark, mellow liqueur, made from the fruits of the native Blackthorn trees that line the farm hedgerows. They just need a little time and patience (and nerves of steel if the truth be told) to penetrate the vicious sharp spines where the glossiest plumpest fruits are to be found. This autumn we’ve (I’m using a royal we there as it is actually Charles project and he has the scars to prove it!) made a batch of Sloe gin and read on for a simple recipe for a warming Christmas treat –  allow a minimum of two months for it to mature. Continue reading “Autumn days and sloe gin” »

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August garden diary

Rainbow arching over garden ParterreEvery year is different in the garden of course which is why I love to keep a diary to follow the season. This August has been a topsy turvy month in the garden, to say the least, with fickle weather and curious light but our Bed and Breakfast guests have still enjoyed the opportunity to immerse themselves in the peace of the garden.

In August the grasses have emerged to fill the garden with their very own special whispering song as they rustle in the breeze. Continue reading “August garden diary” »

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Trewidden Garden – a spring garden visit in the summertime

Tree ferns Trewidden gardenThis week we squeezed in a visit to Trewidden garden – it is one of the great gardens of Cornwall and it is just outside of Penzance on the Land’s End Road.  We found the established arboretum of rare trees gathered by plant hunter Edward Bolitho from habitats around the world, interlaced by a well maintained network of paths twisting and turning under the luscious canopy of green to be still a treat even “out of season” The combination of nature reclaiming the mining grounds from Cornwall’s industrial past links to the aspirations of previous generations are a heady mix to find the real flavour for the gardens of Cornwall. Continue reading “Trewidden Garden – a spring garden visit in the summertime” »

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Garden diary – July’s blousy days

July garden with blue AgapanthusAh the blousy days of summer – those hot July days that fades into long summer evening. July’s  days so full of promises and long forgotten dreams that you hope they will go on for ever. This month the memories formed in the July garden will fill winter musings, as we sit by the fire, pull out a snuggly throw and turn on the telly or find a good book.

If you have been following my facebook posts on our Bed and Breakfast page you’ll have seen some of my snaps taken in the golden glow of those summer evenings that are such a perfect time to explore the garden and the coup of the Agapanthus on the lower gravel terrace. So join me for memories of July’s blousy days and dreamy evening here in the gardens at Ednovean Farm in my latest garden diary. Continue reading “Garden diary – July’s blousy days” »

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June garden diary

June has marked the capricious zenith of summer in the garden – it has been a month in which we have swung from gales to heat waves – until the summer solstice that arrived almost as a surprise. This month the magnificent Echiums that so intrigue our garden loving Bed and Breakfast guests, have started to fade, to be replaced by the emerging flowers of the ranks of Agapanthus that populate the garden. So on with the show and join me for this month’s garden diary as we tweak the garden and appreciating the shadows as the temperatures soar! Continue reading “June garden diary” »

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Glorious May in the garden

Mediterranean inspired iris and terracotta potThe glorious month of May and nature has woven a silken thread thorough the garden spontaneous reclaiming the carefully planned spaces with flamboyant mischievously places flowers as though she chose to sprinkle a little fairy dust across the landscape. The sea has never glowed as blue as it has this May, to make a perfect backdrop to our days in the garden and we’ve been busy re ordering some of the spaces in the Italian Garden. So join me for this month’s garden diary for the fabulous month of May. Continue reading “Glorious May in the garden” »

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Reflections upon April in the Garden

apple-blossom in the april gardenIt seems almost too late to reflect upon April in the garden now, as the season speeds through at a dizzying pace. The last of the narcissi that I photographed at the beginning of the month, are but a distant memory, as the apple blossom forms a delicate pale pink froth over the once bare apple trees and the magnificent spears of the Echiums make an informal guard of swaying spires around the lawn.

We’ve been lucky this year and nature awarded us a dry Mediterranean-style spring of clear blue skies and cool nights admittedly occasionally interspersed with savagely cold winds drawn straight from the arctic. Continue reading “Reflections upon April in the Garden” »