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September garden diary – is autumn calling?

Trees arching over distant urns - September gardenAh goodbye September and with it the summer days as  autumn calls and the year mellows. The  autumn solstice – those mysterious harbingers of our year intoned by the weather men has passed us by and yet the life of the garden continues.

This  September the garden has continued to thrive here at Ednovean Farm,  with the native hedgerow, that helps the garden melt into the countryside providing an unexpected bounty of juicy black Sloes berries  that tempted us to make  some  Sloe Gin for Christmas.

We checked out the  the National Dahlia collection for you too, as the month has drawn to a close, to enjoy the final autumn blooms of September, upon the recommendation of one of our Bed and Breakfast guests – and did I buy one – read on!? Continue reading “September garden diary – is autumn calling?” »

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Autumn days and sloe gin

Glossy back sloes - blackthorn fruits to make sloe ginAutumn days are with us now but with the consolation of harvesting the sloe berries from the hedgerows to make Sloe Gin for a winter or Christmas treat. Sloe Gin is a delicious deep, dark, mellow liqueur, made from the fruits of the native Blackthorn trees that line the farm hedgerows. They just need a little time and patience (and nerves of steel if the truth be told) to penetrate the vicious sharp spines where the glossiest plumpest fruits are to be found. This autumn we’ve (I’m using a royal we there as it is actually Charles project and he has the scars to prove it!) made a batch of Sloe gin and read on for a simple recipe for a warming Christmas treat –  allow a minimum of two months for it to mature. Continue reading “Autumn days and sloe gin” »

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Garden diary – July’s blousy days

July garden with blue AgapanthusAh the blousy days of summer – those hot July days that fades into long summer evening. July’s  days so full of promises and long forgotten dreams that you hope they will go on for ever. This month the memories formed in the July garden will fill winter musings, as we sit by the fire, pull out a snuggly throw and turn on the telly or find a good book.

If you have been following my facebook posts on our Bed and Breakfast page you’ll have seen some of my snaps taken in the golden glow of those summer evenings that are such a perfect time to explore the garden and the coup of the Agapanthus on the lower gravel terrace. So join me for memories of July’s blousy days and dreamy evening here in the gardens at Ednovean Farm in my latest garden diary. Continue reading “Garden diary – July’s blousy days” »

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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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June garden diary

June has marked the capricious zenith of summer in the garden – it has been a month in which we have swung from gales to heat waves – until the summer solstice that arrived almost as a surprise. This month the magnificent Echiums that so intrigue our garden loving Bed and Breakfast guests, have started to fade, to be replaced by the emerging flowers of the ranks of Agapanthus that populate the garden. So on with the show and join me for this month’s garden diary as we tweak the garden and appreciating the shadows as the temperatures soar! Continue reading “June garden diary” »

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Glorious May in the garden

Mediterranean inspired iris and terracotta potThe glorious month of May and nature has woven a silken thread thorough the garden spontaneous reclaiming the carefully planned spaces with flamboyant mischievously places flowers as though she chose to sprinkle a little fairy dust across the landscape. The sea has never glowed as blue as it has this May, to make a perfect backdrop to our days in the garden and we’ve been busy re ordering some of the spaces in the Italian Garden. So join me for this month’s garden diary for the fabulous month of May. Continue reading “Glorious May in the garden” »

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Walking in natures garden – Land’s End

land's End natures garden on the cliffsWe took a walk through nature’s garden around Land’s End this week along dramatic cliff tops laced with bluebells tumbling towards the sea. May has been a fabulous month in Cornwall and so for a couple of hours we stole away to thread our way through the wild flowers and watched the sea swirl around the rocks below in the far most southwesterly tip of the British Isles at Land’s End Land’s End

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Reflections upon April in the Garden

apple-blossom in the april gardenIt seems almost too late to reflect upon April in the garden now, as the season speeds through at a dizzying pace. The last of the narcissi that I photographed at the beginning of the month, are but a distant memory, as the apple blossom forms a delicate pale pink froth over the once bare apple trees and the magnificent spears of the Echiums make an informal guard of swaying spires around the lawn.

We’ve been lucky this year and nature awarded us a dry Mediterranean-style spring of clear blue skies and cool nights admittedly occasionally interspersed with savagely cold winds drawn straight from the arctic. Continue reading “Reflections upon April in the Garden” »

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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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Summer memories

summer memory of a path through a golden field of cornAre you thought turning to summer memories now, as the last of the winter days give way to spring? Memories of warm, lush, days of delicious idleness; of summer days spent in Cornwall in an irresistible love affair between sea and countryside…

Summer days when the leafy canopies of the trees cast shadows so deep, you can almost drown in the depths of the lush lucid shade. Summer days bring bright rippling fields of corn to the countryside, stretching to the horizon as an unconscious proof of the bounties of the season. The swathes of faded gold enveloping the old mine buildings left from another era.

Here are some of my favorite memories and hopes for summer days to come in Cornwall!

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