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A spring longing fulfilled – the February garden diary

Combining sub tropical and spring flowers - ednovean farm gardenAs the days start to lengthen and spring stirs again in the garden it is impossible not to feel little anticipation for the year to come. The first early morning bird song to break the dawn, the flow of bright yellow daffodils that embraces the garden and lends the first sweet scents to the air; the lengthening evenings that tempt me to linger outside for just a little while longer -all are the familiar markers of spring and yet I greet them with renewed wonder each year.

Let me show you the garden at Ednovean farm and some of the changes we have made this spring as we move a little longer along the season’s pathway.

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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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August to September the ticking of the garden season’s clock

A timeless view in a changing season St Michael' Mount from a garden

The timeless view to the Mount from our garden

The clock of the seasons is ever turning, bringing the mists of autumn to gently shroud the garden and with it the morning dew to spangle the lawns. With the change of the seasons the scent of the sea has come back to us at Ednovean, along with the rhythmic music of the waves to our ears.

August and September have brought the familiar markers of the gardening year in the faithful cycle of the seasons, as summer slips away again to meet the next landmark of our gardening days the autumn equinox.

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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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Bonython Estate Gardens

Trees reflected in a lake - bonython gardens

The magnificent Gunnera lake is everything you would expect a lake to be, cool and elegantly stylish

Bonython Gardens with its 18th century walled gardens, tranquil lakes and dramatic sweeps of parkland is almost a hidden gem amongst the Great Gardens of Cornwall.

With its laid back approach, Bonython is definitely a must for garden visitors seeking to step off the “Tourist Trail” and move into another world of old fashioned hospitality in a deeply personal garden.

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Trengwainton – a garden for all seasons

banana and greek pot- Trengwainton a garden for all seasons

Exotic planting settles seamlessly into the timeless garden

We visited Trengwainton gardens this August and found a garden for all season, with a rich depth of planting evolving within the old estate walls.

I’ve always thought of Trengwainton as a spring garden, with a walled kitchen garden within, so we were pleasantly surprised to find the range of thoughtful sub tropical planting within its immaculate environs, rising to a terrace with fabulous views all the way from Penzance to The Lizard.

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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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