A Midsummer Evening in a Scottish Country Garden



Sometimes, some green can be relaxing and a welcome antidote to the explosion of colour that surrounds us in our borders at this time of year. This year, having our big mower  out of commission for a while forced us to reconsider the value of grass as a plant in its own right. We therefore decided to leave the new grass areas in the walled garden unmown just to see what happens. The grass is now developing seed-heads which, back-lit against the late evening sun, are quite beautiful, the whole area shimmering like brushed velvet in a light breeze. Later in the summer, we will start mowing this grass once again but not before this particular display is over. In the meantime, we will continue to use the Flymo to carve interesting grass paths round the edges, and in some of the informal areas through its midst, saving us a lot of time, and a lot of fuel!

For the rest of this post, we thought we’d let the photos tell the story. We hope you like them.


the first of the newly-sown wild flowers starting to show, with the new Medlar, currently in flower and the wonderfully-scented lupins over to the right


the verbascums and lupins of the south border, with the grey- leaved giant thistle starting to make its presence felt


the herb garden, probably at its best at the moment, with some young rocket and flowering chives


some cottage-garden favourites in the south facing border – foxgloves (Digitalis), Delphinium and more lupins!


a spectacle of lupins, sentinals of our new Acer palmatum Sangokaku


Clematis ‘Nelly Moser’, we think!


Granny’s Bonnets (Aquilegia), all colour-combinations possible!




and finally, out in the Policies, the extraordinarily-ornate and exotic blooms of the blue Iris, completely hardy in our cold climate!

17 thoughts on “A Midsummer Evening in a Scottish Country Garden

  1. I like your meadow, too. Alas, if I don’t mow, I don’t get meadow; I get forest! (Your irises look like Siberians — definitely cold-hardy, as their name suggests.)


  2. I love your new meadows! The benefits to wildlife will be phenomenal too. I visited an RHS garden briefly this weekend and they’d left some un-mown ovals and they looked fab, like borders in their own right. If i had a big lawn I’d definitely do this too! Lucky your mower broke!


    • Thanks Anna! Very interested to hear about the RHS garden – we don’t have any as such up here but we do have partner gardens – we have a very excellent one not too far away set in a woodland – called Inwood perhaps unsurprisingly! Well worth a visit with very friendly owners!


  3. That blue iris looks beautiful! I really like you unmowed grass, it’s the way I’d like it in my woodland garden too but here the grass grew very tall and hard to cut already so it made me regret my ‘romantic’ choice of tall grass. Yours looks soft and not that tall, so enjoy it!
    The garden also looks very good, drifts of lupins like that must be perfuming the air!


  4. I think your grassy meadow is quite lovely, especially as you have the neatly mowed paths to contrast. I am jealous of your beautiful lupins; they don’t like my climate!


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