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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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Our February garden, stealing a march on summer

February garden entrance We stole a march on summer this month in the garden, working intensely to prepare the Italian Garden ready for its role in a short period film pilot last weekend and did you spot Ednovean Farm’s House and Gardens as “The Garden House” in Sunday’s Rosamunde Pilcher premier? (details below!) I think the garden stole the show from the house but our German guests said “it was like taking a visit again” and “Fairy tale setting!” Thank you to all of our kind European friends who told us about the film and sent the link so we could watch it too!

So join me this month to see my snaps of a few days of hard labour by ourselves and our gardeners and I think the result was pretty good although I say it myself!

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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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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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The first of the winter’s gales

Gravel terrace at Ednovean Farm after the rain

Louis cat setting off across the top terrace after the rain

The first gale of winter roared in this week and the term “storm lashed bay” springs to mind as I watched the white topped waves sped across the bay beyond the garden. Yet for me there was something intriguing about the motion in the garden that was suddenly brought to life, as the restless wind buffeted the foliage. I spent a few minutes recording the motion of the plants to share with you this week and an awful lot longer wrestling with YouTube! Continue reading “The first of the winter’s gales” »

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A summer evening

A summer border int eh garden at Ednovean Farm

The soft golden light as the day fades to evening in our garden

“There is something very comforting about a summers’ evening in Cornwall” Charles remarked tonight as we sat in the garden and he’s right – there is something quintessentially British about sitting in the fading light as a long summer evening meets the night. It brings those half remembered impressions of past summers back to the forefront of our memories– those symbols that say summer in big bold letters. The chiming of a church clock perhaps, or the golden light of early evening, maybe anticipating the prospect of barbeques on the beach –all these things add up to summer days that stretch on seemingly forever as unbelievable we approach the longest day of the year. Continue reading “A summer evening” »

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Tiptoe into summer

ednovean farm breakfast with a viewJune seemed to appear suddenly this year, without warning. With June came the first meteorological day of summer – in fact I think we tiptoed into summer this year from the long spring days that lingered still fresh and new in our minds. The sea that frames our lives looks impossibly blue these days – one day soon we must walk down to the water’s edge again…… but not yet, not until I’ve finished painting! Still wouldn’t it be nice to linger over breakfast on the lawn gazing at St Michael’s Mount while planning  the day stretching ahead around the Cornish coast?

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Ednovean’s moods for all seasons

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Evening light on a dressing table

As I trawled through our photo albums today looking for inspiration, it occurred to me that Ednovean Farm did indeed have a mood for all seasons. Changing her outfit like a capricious woman according to her mood, with a character that floats from playfully Mediterranean in the summer to warm and cosily British in the winter. I thought I’d write a short blog today to share a few of my favorite images from the year.

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August in the Ednovean Farm Garden

old copper ednovean farmI can’t believe we’ve reached August already as the year has sped passed us and with August, time for another roundup about the Ednovean Gardens. With the imperceptible turn of the year the sleek black blackberries glow in the hedgerows and the corn deepens from green to gold in the fields, moving with an idle rustle in the breeze and the garden reaches its zenith.

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