Sunday, 17 November 2013

Around the November garden at Ednovean Farm

The glossy palms still look magnificent but the box alas has been hit by Blight

The days of moisture laden mists in October have taken their toll on the box Parterre in the garden and the first threatening brown leaves have slowly spread around the fountain. Time will tell but this might mean the end of the Parterre as it is now although we ave bought a product advertised on the internet that is supposed to help to control the spread - fingers crossed please! If it does really take hold we may have to remove the hedge and I'm trying to see this as an opportunity for change - maybe four beautiful standard bay trees arranged around the fountain to start with and then what - maybe a geometric pattern for something like Santolina in what is now the four little lawns? Well i'd better take some cuttings from our existing frothy blue grey plants - just in case! Moving on around the garden the huge pampass grasses have been dramatic again and the structure of the garden is starting to come into play again framing a sheltered world for us to walk through and Spud to patrol. We sat outside overlooking the lawn this morning fro coffee when Charles took a break from lawn mowing and I wondered how much longer we would be able to do this as the season creeps on. Still her'es some pictures taken around the garden I hope you enjoy them all and hope to see you here same time same place next week !

I love to look at the glossy dark waters of the fountain

The Date palms still enjoying the year

A topiary box in a pot makes a focal point at the end of
the top terrace

The big Greek pots that line the entrance

The Pots also form an inviting focal point as you enter
the garden

The gateway frames two worlds - here's Archie one of our
Stallion Danilon's sons starting his education

Contrasting foliage further into the garden

European fan palms euphorbia and Flax

The shadows grow longer in the Italian garden as the
 sun slips towards the horizon

Yet still there are golden evening to bath the house in
a warm light

A sheltered corner under elegant Pampass seeds

Back in the courtyard A Fatsia brightens a shady corner

One day it was plain and the next it had produced
stunning white flowers

Fatsia blooms

and so the shadows lengthen but there is always a sense of peace about a garden don't you think? See you next week!

November in the garden at Ednovean Farm

It's a Spud life

Spud cat's week started in glittering fashion with an interview with Judy Heminsley of Work from Home Wisdom fame - do read his tongue in cheek advice for the perfect business cat by clicking here!

Spud has retired under the table to battle with Charles for the favoured spot, (that's in the chair, not under the table I hasten to add!) after all of the effort of giving his thought to posterity, combined with interviewing a possible second in command for rodent control operative ( salary negotiable) with Timmy Tom Cat. So far Spud s sporting a fine scratch to the nose and Timmy TC has taken to attending all cat meal sitting in the stables.

Spud resting after his busy itinerary

The evenings are drawing in and Spuds evening mousing patrol has
 been extended

Friday, 8 November 2013

Embracing the storms

The relentless line of waves rolling in to Perranuthnoe's

The season has shifted a little further towards Winter now with darkened skies and crashing seas one minute and silky dusky blue the next. Lat weekend the lure of the seas frenzied thrashing drifted across the garden until in the afternoon I just had to pop down to the village to take a look for myself.

A first glimpse through the trees

The sign that takes our walkers along the coastal path to Cudden point

The sea almost seemed to loom over me as i walked towards
 the slipway

The cove was full of heaving thrashing water tossing monstrously in its own eternal rhythm not to be stilled until the storm has passed but somehow primal to watch the sheer raw power

It was nearly high tide as the sea churned towards the
rocks guarding the soft earthy cliffs

Tm my left the whole cove was full of white tossing water, so different to
the summer days when visitor stroll

To my right


Never stopping

As you can see i favour high ground when it comes to
water but this brave photographer's waves must have
 looked far higher!

and so goodbye the storm and back to the farm to work

By the next day the view from my kitchen window was bright again but still
with the tell tail trace of white capped waves

A Little stray cat blown in with the storm and Breakfasting in the stray cat

It looks although the winds will return this weekend so maybe the lure of the sea and the salt laden air will draw me back again or maybe my next blog will be about the garden as it settles down into winter