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June – the summer solstice garden diary

pink summer rose - june solstice garden ednoveanThe June garden settled gently into the early gentle misty rain of the month, elegantly following the season to meet the brilliant sunshine that dawned on the day of the summer solstice. From then on we tumbled head first into those endless summer days that memories are made of, days that sent the temperature gauge of our newly purchased Garden clock, shooting up to unheard of heights.

This month in the Ednovean Farm gardens summer has truly arrived bringing tumbling roses to scent the courtyard and the verdant growth to underline the Italian Gardens subtropical claims. So join me this month as we journey into summer wrapped in the unexpected heat wave that shapes our days as we work in the gardens.

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The reluctant January Gardener!

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January flowers –
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I must admit to being a reluctant January gardener this month – perhaps it was too much Christmas but somehow the prospect of a left over box of Christmas chocs. and afternoon screening of Father Brown won me over instead!

And yet somehow the garden got on with “making spring” all on its own, bursting into life with a flurry of vibrant Narcissus who have been waiting for twelve months for their very own stage show in which to shine and an exotic Aloe has been fascinating in the Italian Garden

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This year in the Ednovean Farm Garden a roundup of 2017.

Diary of a sub tropical Cornish garden - Ednovean Farm a luxury Bed and BreakfastCome and visit my garden at Ednovean Farm, in my final Garden diary entry for 2017 I’d like to make a roundup of the seasons.  The garden in the far south west of Cornwall that has become my friend, litmus of emotions, reflection of dreams and hard taskmaster.  This blog will follow the year in the Ednovean Farm Garden, so enjoyed by our Bed and breakfast guests,  just as 2017 draws to a close and  I would like to wish you all a very happy New Year!!

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Ednovean Farm’s November garden diary

Golden grass n an autumn garden November has been a strange month for my garden diary, a month of days born as if on butterfly wings through the garden, swinging from soft tranquil days to dark dramatic skies before giving way to the final sting of winter.

This November, as the year changes from autumn into winter, my garden diary is in two parts;  a diary of soft dark nights eating suppers beside a brassier and the pleasure of a robins company on sparkling mellow days spent clearing and tidying  the garden for the year, and  the final darkening, dramatic, skies that spoke of  thoughts of winter.

 

 

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Trebah Gardens an autumn pilgrimage

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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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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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Dreamy summer evenings and sad goodbyes

Dappled evening sunshine - summer garden dreamsThis week  at Ednovean Farm we’ve swung from with the joy of dreamy summer evening spent in the garden and sad goodbyes to two of our Stallion Danilon’s young sons, who have gone out into the world to their new homes.

In the countryside this week I’ve watched the potato harvest in full flow, with clouds of dust rising from the mammoth farm machinery in the fields, as I’ve cantered with Danni along farm byways before settling back to walk on the tarmac roads again beside fields of ripening corn. The heady days of summer, accompanied by the skylark’s song. Continue reading “Dreamy summer evenings and sad goodbyes” »

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Exploring Tremenheere Sculpture gardens
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Agave with sculpture at tremenheere sculpture gardnesWe had a real spring treat this week and explored the Tremenheere sculpture gardens with a guided tour from director and founder Dr Neil Armstrong arranged in conjunction with Cornwall 365.

Tremenheere gardens hold a growing world class collection of sculptures and a recreated Chelsea Gold Medal winning garden Tremenheere has a fabulous setting cocooned within a cathedral like woodland that embraces an inspirational sub tropical planting against the counter point of extensive views over Mounts bay. Continue reading “Exploring Tremenheere Sculpture gardens” »

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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.

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