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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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We visited Sennen once more

Perfect blue skie and sea - February Sennen beachThere is a little bit of pure Cornish magic about visiting Sennen Cove again – it starts from the moment when the car turns off the main road and the view down to the village is revealed with the stark lifeboat slipway in counterpoint to the dream-like visage of pale golden sands cocooned between a perfect blue sea and sky.

After a long winter, the February heat wave gave rise to nothing but joy upon visiting the sea again.

The reality of the dangers of the stormy seas and the child like joy of walking the sea-shore are always close by in Cornwall and in Sennen the beautiful beach and lifeboat station sit cheek by jowl for the twin faces of the sea.

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A visit to the Minack Theatre

dramatic drop to the Minack stageWe visited the World Famous Minack Theatre at Porthcurno this week on a glorious February day that felt like summer – maybe that is where the phrase “summer in February” came from. The Cornish have a name for these special days –  they call them “a day lent” and we took full advantage of the gift, as the car nosed its way between the tall Cornish banks, already laced with daffodils, deep into the wilder countryside of the West Penwith Peninsula.

 

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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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Glimpses of the sea

winter view of the Penzance LidoIt is extraordinary how very often it is those sudden unexpected glimpses of the sea that are the most exciting – particular markers in our journeys and hints of a day to come.  Rather like the tantalising first ones I used to have on a tediously long childhood car journeys chanting “are we there yet!” until my beleaguered parents set me to scanning the countryside for the first tantalising glimpse of a blue, the first glimpse of the sea is somehow rather special. This week two although we live within sight of it these days two special glimpses of the sea  have stayed in my mind to share with you for this week’s blog

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Summer dreams and memories

White cat dreaming

 

This morning I thought it might be better to dream of the summer days ahead – of days when I can just listen to the bees buzzing as the scent to lavender fills the air. To dream of summer days once more when the courtyard garden fills with lazy warmth of the sun…

 

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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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Christmas at Ednovean

Snow makes Ednovean into a Christmas cardOur Christmas tree is set up in the Dining room and it has spread its own rich distinctive scent throughout the house – doesn’t it bring back such wonderful, nostalgic memories of so many Christmases long passed, when that evocative scent starts to drift through the air again each year.

I’d love to wish you a wonderful Christmas time and thank you for popping by to read my blog over the year before I show you a little bit of Ednovean Farm at Christmas time.

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Three Beach walks to blow the cobwebs away

winter walks with light reflected on the sandsAs shortest day approaches inevitably there are days when it really doesn’t seem to get truly light at all. Winter can bring us gloomy numpty days of dull half light and moody shadows but Cornwall has the perfect antidote to these days – an escape to the sea. Walk along the sea shore as white rimmed waves dissolve at your feet amongst fleeting scats of foam and you will feel invigorated and renewed. On the beach the light is magnified as it bounces off of the water, the gulls’ wheal overhead in their eternal dance with the breeze shrieking their defiance to the waves and more importantly for us the gift of negative ions to lift the mood and soothe the soul.

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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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