It 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” »
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!
Continue reading “Our February garden, stealing a march on summer” »
Are 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!
Winter 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.
For my Garden diary photos for December and January Continue reading “Spring stirs in my winter garden” »
A wonderful way to end the day is a walk along the beach in the sunset and for us it should be an easy thing to plan. Perranuthnoe’s Beach is just at the bottom of the village but somehow we, like everyone I think, are wrapped up in our daily routines and don’t put those minutes to one side for some special “me” time as we go about our daily routine.
So our first new years resolution has been to take five minutes “me” time and enjoy those precious moments of just absorbing the world around us with a little bit of extra post- Christmas exercise walking along the beach. Continue reading “A walk with the sunset” »
We just wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!!
The shortest days have enveloped us and bringing with them hygge – the compensations of the winter season, those long cosy evenings to enjoy the subtle pleasures of winter.
Winter is a time to find a good book with snuggly throw by the fireside, or watching a fantastically bad Christmas film curled up with the cat.
Winter brings the compensation of beautiful sunrises and glowing sunsets to mark our day and Cornish harbour spangled with Christmas lights long into the evenings. Continue reading “Merry Christmas with a celebration of winter” »
November has seen our garden at Ednovean Farm fade gently into the gentle golds and russets of autumn and then slide towards to the stillness of winter, as we travelled through the month. And yet there have been some compensations for the autumn days – the drive into Penzance has been lovely along a road lined with golden decked trees complimented by a sky that swooped down to the horizon in a perfect contrast. Continue reading “November – the autumn garden gently fades to winter” »
We often over look our local beach at Perranuthnoe for a walk on the sands but with a unexpected late October day of sunshine “lent” from summer and the car in the garage, we walked down to the village and our own familiar local haunt.
Perran beach is a tempting tidal expanse of soft sands flanked by warm terracotta cliffs softened by tamarisk and so popular with locals and visitor and passing walkers in the summer months. Continue reading “Our local beach at Perranuthnoe” »
As I watch the garden mellow this month into the subtle shades of autumn, I can almost hear the ticking clock of the season – louder now with the change in the hour this weekend. But we are lucky here at Ednovean Farm that the garden remains vibrant, with the big clumps of Pampas grasses flower in a last dramatic flourish for the autumn and on the terrace a few Olives are ripening on the trees Continue reading “My October garden – the season’s ticking clock” »
We watched the heady days of high summer slowly slip to the gently ease of autumn throughout August and September in our garden here at Ednovean farm. The whisper of the crickets’ song has finally faded into the dusk and with them, the swirling flights of House Martins catching the last midge over the lawn before their autumn migration.
Each year our garden charts the season in its never ending evolution and I’ve found that writing the garden blog over the years has helped me to understand the subtle changes that take place year by year too and it is an unexpected pleasure to look back over the photos of the season reflected in our garden. I do hope that you enjoy them too! Continue reading “Our garden’s journey through August and September as summer slowly fades to autumn” »