Monthly Archives: November 2012

It’s apple time…

Here at the Scottish Country Garden, there are two major jobs we need to do each year; one is the hedge-cutting, the other – the annual fruit tree pruning. Whereas the first is done by a petrol trimmer, the second … Continue reading

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Stretching Summer…

Beautiful day today, clear blue sky, 4 degrees C. Prompted me to wander round the garden with trusty smartphone to see whether anything was still in flower. Much to my surprise, there was quite a lot! Come with me on … Continue reading

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Roses, polyanthus …and more leaves!

Dislodged by this past week’s Atlantic westerlies, the trees in the Scottish Country Garden have now shed most of their leaves and we have been raking them up as best we can and storing them in large open-slatted crates to make next … Continue reading

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A little piece of California

So there I was earlier on, transporting the leaves and the dead Dahlia stems round to the compost heap when I was distracted by the incredibly bright, day-glo orange, yellow and red flowers of the Californian Poppies (Escholtzia). Still flowering … Continue reading

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Hedging our bets

It all started with a visit to Greywalls Hotel, near the famous Muirfield Golf Course in East Lothian.  During a pre-luncheon amble around the Gertrude Jekyll-designed walled gardens, we discovered a series of ‘rooms’ enclosed by 6’ high dark green … Continue reading

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A November wander round the walled garden…

The beginning of November heralds the onset of the quieter winter period. We’ve finished the strimming of the longer grass areas of the policies and very likely witnessed the last lawn-mowing in the walled garden. The leaf raking is in … Continue reading

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Black magic

Definitely a sign of autumn when  the Good Lady without warning but with much gusto launches herself on the compost heap. Twelve months have passed since last autumn’s fallen leaves were cast into an open-slatted box and in that time, … Continue reading

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