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Our garden’s journey through August and September as summer slowly fades to autumn

Daisies in the golden glow of evening sun as summer turns to autumn in the gardenWe watched the heady days of high summer slowly slip to the gently ease of autumn throughout August and September in our garden here at Ednovean farm. The whisper of the crickets’ song has finally faded into the dusk and with them, the swirling flights of House Martins catching the last midge over the lawn before their autumn migration.

Each year our garden charts the season in its never ending evolution and I’ve found that writing the garden blog over the years has helped me to understand the subtle changes that take place year by year too and it is an unexpected pleasure to look back over the photos of the season reflected in our garden. I do hope that you enjoy them too! Continue reading “Our garden’s journey through August and September as summer slowly fades to autumn” »

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July in the Garden at Ednovean Farm

Date palms red garaniums and box give a mediterranean feel to the terrace at Ednovean Farm July in the garden and now it almost seems intoxicated with the season, throwing up vibrant (did I really plan that there?!) plant colour combination in a glorious profusion. But then July is the summer ball or the proms for the garden, as it reaches the zenith of its power and it is time for a little bit of razzle-dazzle, after the restraint on the cooler months.

This month we’ve had a visit from a professional garden photographer, very nearly caught up in the Italian Garden and revelled in the vibrant days of Summer.
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Ednovean’s garden as Spring turns to Summer

View over a formal garden to the sea from a bedroom at Ednovean Farm

The guests in our Apricot bedroom have a view over the sundial garden from their terrace

May and June have sped passed and the Ednovean Farm garden has met the cusp of summer before I almost noticed the passing of time. We’ve been so busy with the Bed and Breakfast this year that I hardly noticed the approach of the longest day – maybe it was the week that I spent glued to the Chelsea flower show, veraciously examining the designs of the show gardens that led me to miss my garden update last month for May.

In this month’s update I’ll show you around the formal gardens softened with wild flowers and share some photos of my favourite garden flowers as the heady days of summer finally approach. Continue reading “Ednovean’s garden as Spring turns to Summer” »

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April garden news from Ednovean Farm

sub tropical planting in cornwall courtyard

Fifty shades of green perhaps! Leaf shapes and textures in our side courtyard

April has succumbed to the full awakening of spring despite the best efforts of the fickle weather. Now at Ednovean Farm our formal box parterres are clothed in a swathe of impossibly vibrant green and I have recorded the progress for my April photo album throughout the month as always to share with you now. But also this month, as well as our garden at Ednovean farm that our house guests enjoy,  I though I would make some suggestion for some extra gems to visit in May from the National Garden Scheme list for Cornwall.

We opened our garden at Ednovean Farm for a few years for this wonderful organisation that raises money for cancer charities and gardeners bursaries amongst other things so you entry fee will be going to a worthy cause. Continue reading “April garden news from Ednovean Farm” »

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My February Garden diary

early spring garden border with spiral topiary at Ednovean Farm

Evening sunshine on a spring border

As February gives way to March the month which brings with it the official meteorological first day of spring, the sunshine still conceals a chill in the air. And yet the garden is leaping into life around me, with bulbs emerging throughout the garden, each flower bringing bright splashes of colour to our lives after the long winter. How carefully I look at the new delicate buds each day, as if they could predict the year for me, as the Jet stream sinuously weaves its powerful spell over the British Isles. It never stays in one place or should I say position for long enough for me to predict my week let alone month and so the unrelenting progress of spring brings its own reassurance of the continuity of the season. Continue reading “My February Garden diary” »

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January and time to plan the garden year

Cornish spring daffodil

The multi headed Narcissi where the first welcome flowers of spring this month

January is a great month to take stock of the garden and plan the direction of the garden year and this year we’ve started work quite early. The mild winter has brought the new spring growth so far forward that now is the time to start, although I must admit I step gingerly on to our lawn sometimes as I feel it gently yielding like a soft green cushion under my feet. As our gardener remarked as we toiled away  “I’m usually still in my winter hibernation now!” still as our garden has been formed over the last twenty five years now, some areas are ready for reassessment and rejuvenation to allow the garden to breath again with fresh new growth. this months diary looks at :-

  • Garden rejuvenation
  • Planning garden changes
  • January photo album

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December my winter garden

A view from Ednovean Farm's Garden to St Michael's Mount

A garden view to the sea and St Michael’s Mount whose turrets give the look of fairy tale to our garden

As I crossed the lawn this morning I stooped to wipe the mud from my fingers and felt the soft spring like growth of the grass and warmth in the December dew in my winter garden. This month the garden has grown quiet and spare in the short days of gentle dusk like light and I’ve appreciated the shapes and the angles of the formal planting even more, as they are revealed in the play of the low sunshine that occasionally dances on the plants. With the festive season the garden came into the house too over Christmas in the shape of a homemade swag of foliage to play a part in our festive home Continue reading “December my winter garden” »

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November in the Ednovean Farm Gardens

November garden bench and fig leaves

November in the garden and the season changes

November in the Ednovean farm garden and the wind of change blows through the garden towards winter as I’ve come to conclusion that it could now well be winter – in fact I checked the date on Google, yesterday, just to make sure. Sadly they confirmed the inevitable information but as with all things on Google there is a choice. Winter starts on December the 1st. That’s if you’re a meteorological time keeper of course but this version joyously finishes on the 29th of February – for Astronomical followers the start is the 21st December with the Winter Solstice and doesn’t finish not until a tawdry 20th of March. I looked at the dates and decided upon balance, to adopt the 1st of December and found a woolly hat to st out into the garden – just for the time being of course.

This month I’ve looked at the sheltered courtyard gardens where the more formal layout gives structure to our autumn garden and also looked again at the evergreen Italian gardens where the statues defy the elements in their spare architectural enclosures. Finally there’s another chance to see my little garden video, of the wind bringing the whole garden to life in restless motion, if you missed it last week. Continue reading “November in the Ednovean Farm Gardens” »

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October and Autumn approaches in the Ednovean Farm Garden

Miscanthus and Pampas grass

Miscanthus grass in the Italian Garden

We are approaching autumn in our gardens at Ednovean farm now and slowly I’ve noticed the changes in the season as autumn approaches as I’ve watched the birds twist and curl above the garden in a tightly grouped flock with the swift sure movements that are part of the unchanging rhythm of the seasons. Just as surely as I occasionally hear the sound of the sea drifting over the garden with just a little more insistence, or watch Spud with soft white paws treading the golden leaves of autumn that flutter on the lane, as he returns from important cat business abroad. I know each day the signs grow larger that mark the autumn days that lay ahead of us and yet the garden is still full of promise as the flourishing  grasses bring an unexpected tawny-red glow to the borders. Continue reading “October and Autumn approaches in the Ednovean Farm Garden” »

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Autumn days at Ednovean Farm

Ednovean at susnet

The end of the day and the house looks mellow in the golden light of autumn

With a swirl of falling leaves the autumn days have come to Ednovean Farm and yet the sun’s warmth still hints of summer. The countryside has mellowed to softer autumn shades and the bracken on the heathland that follow the coastline have turned to a crisp bronze to contrast with the twinkling blue sea. This month the first of the Atlantic storms came in to pound along the beaches with relentless force, sending wetsuit clad surfers off, to bob in the sea waiting for the perfect wave.

At Ednovean Farm last week, we had a very special guest in Classical dressage trainer Jenny Rolfe and Spanish Stallion Danilon and I enjoyed a couple of dressage lessons and the cats snoozed on in the autumn sunshine – aren’t we lucky with the weather!! Read on for my latest albums of Ednovean and photos of this morning in Cornwall. Continue reading “Autumn days at Ednovean Farm” »