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Spring stirs in my winter garden

Dramatic Steely grey winter skies in a sea viewWinter brings the white flash of a  seagull’s wing  against leaden  skies and yet in the garden, spring is starting to stir as it comes back to life.

The first bright Soleil d’Or Narcissi have burst into flower at Ednovean Farm in the wild garden with new ranks of Daffodil shoots pushing up through the glossy winter grass each day now encouraged by the mild winter days. This Daffodil or narcissi is grown commercially on the Isles of Scilly and does well in West Cornwall’s sub tropical climate – Cornwall has held a subtropical status since July 2016 encouraging gardeners and growers to select new plants from an ever increasing menu.

For my Garden diary photos for December and January  Continue reading “Spring stirs in my winter garden” »

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November – the autumn garden gently fades to winter

SSoft golden light on an old stone wall witha painted bench and autumn coloursNovember has seen our garden at Ednovean Farm fade gently into the gentle golds and russets of autumn and then slide towards to the stillness of winter, as we travelled through the month.  And yet there have been some compensations for the autumn days – the drive into Penzance has been lovely along a road lined with golden decked trees complimented by  a sky that swooped down to the horizon in a perfect contrast. Continue reading “November – the autumn garden gently fades to winter” »

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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

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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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Ednovean Farm’s spring garden in March

Spring growth, bright greenleaves

I opened the top door and spotted the climbing Hydrangea had sprung into growth over the last few days

This month I’ve watch the spring develop around me and I’ve celebrated each tiny progress in my weekly blogs charting the burgeoning daffodils that have brought bright swathes of colour in casual drifts under the palms. So for this final blog roundup celebrating the beginning of spring in Cornwall I took one last walk around the garden to record some of the broader views and enjoy the layers of texture of the palms shrubs as the garden moves forward to the next chapter of its life.

Gardening just above the sea in spring, at least has the benefit of the warmer maritime climate keeping the frost away and lending extra light to the garden as the sun bounces off of the water. Continue reading “Ednovean Farm’s spring garden in March” »

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The spring equinox and spring days

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A spring morning in our garden and the day almost seems to shimmer with anticipation

There has been an almost tangible air of expectation in the air in the days leading up to the spring equinox. I felt it so strongly this week as I walk down through the dew laden morning to feed the brood mares and I stopped to take a snap of the morning magic as each droplet of water magnified the rising sun thrice fold. The very early Easter this year at last coincides with the height of the spring flowers as it always seems rather sad that the very brightest flowers have long finished before our guest arrive for their Easter break.

In this week’s blog I’ve looked a spring changes in Perranuthnoe, the growing momentum of spring in our garden and Danni our Spanish stallions special spring treat –  a dressage course with Jenny Rolfe, just because I thought you’d like to see his picture!

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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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Storms and Valentines

Cat on a bench in a rfemal courtyard garden Ednovean Farm

After the storm and s[ud-Cat was the first to find a sunny spot in the courtyard for the morning

We have had such a week that ranged from ferocious storms to gentle calm in the run up to Valentine’s day. This week I spotted the first pale pink cherry blossoms starting to break today, as I passed a farmhouse garden on Danni  in Rosudgeon riding along the narrow ancient lanes edged with moss covered banks studded with primroses. I seemed that  no sooner had I written my last blog following the steady step of spring than storm Imogen scorched in to the British isle bringing wind gust of up to 90 miles and hour and sixty foot waves to be seen just off of St Ives.

This time I thought I really would make an effort to captures an impression of the relentless ferocious rhythm to the seas that these storms bring and headed down into our local village of Perranuthnoe to visit the local beach. Continue reading “Storms and Valentines” »