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August bank holiday

Sunset behind the date palms at Ednovean Farm

The sun is still setting far to our right as we look out across the Date palms in the courtyard

We’ve reached the final days of August with the last Bank holiday of the year and it always brings a poignant moment for me as I realise that summer is slipping away. Too soon the long heady summer days have slipped away and I always pause to reflect on their passing before settling down to enjoy the long somnolent days that lead into autumn. Maybe there will be still time in the next couple of months to take a trip to the  beach and relive the childhood enchantment of paddling along the seashore as the warmth of summer lingers on.  Yet I’ve noticed in the countryside around us there is a small but subtle change of the seasons as the harvest begin to be taken in

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It definitely feels like June

 

 

Echiums in the ednovean farm Gardens in June

It feels like June with the Echiums swaying gently and alive with bees against the bluest skies i

All in all I can definitely say it is starting to feel like June now with a new high forming over the British Isles to bring that delicious holiday heat. Perhaps we were lucky, last week, to live in West Cornwall, with the most westerly and the most southerly point nearly on our doorsteps. Certainly our Bed and Breakfast guests made the best use of geography and leap-frogged to the best spots to enjoy their holidays: one day a trip to the Lizard Point to walk around the Peninsular, another to Land’s End to explore the craggy granite cliffs and they even managed a warm sunny evening to watch a play at the Minack Theatre too! Continue reading “It definitely feels like June” »

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May in the Ednovean Farm Garden

 

Sub tropical garden in Cornwall

Looking down on the echiums and Date Palm at the courtyard entrance

May has come and nearly gone in our Cornish garden at Ednovean farm and it has never felt as alive and full of spring promise as this year as the garden continues to mature.The scent of the blue bells is still hanging in the air, long after it should have been gone but then this has been a strange, voluptuous month, held in slow motion, hostage to the cool breezes. Continue reading “May in the Ednovean Farm Garden” »

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I slow down for butterflies!

Butterfly on a garden benchAs I drove out of “our” lane yesterday I realised that I slow down for butterflies as I watched as a tiny blue butterfly flit across the lane, in that curious, undulating flight that butterflies do and disappear safely into neighbouring gardens. I was on the way for our daily B&B shop in Penzance when I saw the tiny insect and stopped to realise just how  lucky we are to live off of the main road, along the little unmade track that leads to the small hamlet of houses at Ednovean. The peaceful seclusion away from the traffic and hubbub of the towns is a perfect place to let the dance of the Butterfly lead you towards spring. Continue reading “I slow down for butterflies!” »

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April in the Ednovean Farm Garden

Tulips and formal topiary in Cornwall

The tulips have been a joy this month appearing reliably again each year.

As April flaunts the last of her spring credentials, the hotly anticipated Tulips have at last faded in our entrance at Ednovean Farm. The last of the silky white petals falling just as the first plump buds of the Irises emerged. Spring is dead long live the spring and on with the show! Continue reading “April in the Ednovean Farm Garden” »

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My March garden diary as spring rolls out

Ednovean Farm in West Cornwall where spring comes early

An old gatepost, softened by enveloping Daffodils, provides a focal point at the end of a garden walk

Each day brings new changes to the garden and to the Cornish countryside too as we race towards the spring equinox on Friday. Of course, in reality every hedgerow and bank is a garden at the moment with bright primroses tucked between the mossy stones beside the lanes and flower pickers hard at work in the flower fields. Already now some fields have “bolted” and been left unpicked as a blaze of golden yellow to catch the eye unexpectedly. In the Ednovean farm garden the first tulip opened today and so I thought I had better start my monthly diary before those daffodil days were gone! Continue reading “My March garden diary as spring rolls out” »

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February days in the garden

 

Bold crocusAh February days in the garden when the perfect mystery of the season begins expand its magic as each day I’ve watched the garden slowly unfold from its winter rest. Each day has brought a new part of the cycle of the gardens return to life that it has been so slight that it has been almost imperceptible. I’ve watched the Daffodils slowly unfold from the soil and spread through the garden starting in the warmest most sheltered corners and then finally surging through the garden in an unstoppable tide. Continue reading “February days in the garden” »

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Enjoying winter days

Cool cat

The original zen cat

The Mares that live just below our garden at Ednovean Farm picked their way gingerly across the frozen ground this morning, to collect their breakfast. They tend to wait for me snoozing under the garden shelter belt each day. They particularly like this spot in the early morning as it catches the first rays of sunshine to hit the field.  Within minutes a small posy of little birds has gathered to dart out of the sheltering foliage and snatch the plump golden oats from under April and Dollies noses. At night the two mares religiously put themselves in their field shelter at the end of the lane  and so we tramp in a little procession out along the lane each evening, with a wheelbarrow full of haylage and buckets of oats – I wonder if they are different birds with picking rights along there! Continue reading “Enjoying winter days” »

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December – the winter garden

MahoniaWinter clutched lazily at the garden this month with short dull days and long dark nights. Somehow, it seemed that the best plan, was no plan for this month and the garden got what our plumber describes as “A coat of looking at”. There have been a few joys though …… Continue reading “December – the winter garden” »