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‘Gardens are a form of autobiography’.

 Gardening for a Lifetime

Sydney Eddison

If you have followed this blog for any length of time you will realise, I love walled gardens. If the family visit Culzean without me, they quite happily miss out the walled garden. Yes, I’m that predictable!

Several years ago we saw an advert for a walled garden, two acres, the gardener’s cottage built into the wall. We both allowed ourselves to get a little excited about it but life was busy and we didn’t make time to look. Several weeks later a friend and fellow ‘allotmenteer’ told me they had bought a walled garden and cottage. Smiling I told her I knew which one! Situated in the Clyde valley, traditionally the growing centre of Scotland, we listened enthusiastically (and enviously) to their dreams and plans.

Those of you who garden know just how much there is to do in a garden and seemingly how little can be achieved in a day. I ran around quickly trying to take it all in and being overwhelmed by the task in hand. As Sydney Eddison says “A garden is an autobiography.”  I was there to talk about Herbs (Yah, go me!) to the Smallholders group, so not feeling very relaxed, but so much took me back to my childhood and our own walled garden. Maybe that explains why I love old doors and brick walls. Standing in the sunny, sheltered garden, enjoying the sights and sounds, peeking inside the poly-tunnel filled with tomatoes and sweet corn, tasting homemade cider, going home with a handful of Spencer sweet peas… I’m happy our friends took on this garden, it will be their autobiography.

But it’s stopped raining and I have a half acre to tidy up! Have a good day!



Private lives....

Still flowering

I love walled gardens, if I discover a walled garden that’s where you’ll find me and my other half. If it has a green house; even better – I love greenhouses too! Culzean has a stunning walled garden that varies throughout the year but always has something new to discover, smell or enjoy. Filled with fragrance and rivers of colour. A haven for wild life too…

Grape Houses

Look at all that glass and pristine paintwork; reminds me of my childhood. I love the warm, damp, green smell of a greenhouse. Grape vines prunes and bearing fruit. Exotic climbers, scaling the walls, in rich deep colours…

Pergola passion!

And perfect pergolas too, a fairly recent addition (we’ve been visiting here for a lo-ong time so everything is relative.) Leading out into the woods along woodland paths to wilder areas of the estate…

Testament to Autumn

The packed borders have bloomed and delighted many a guest but now spent and brown, filled with seed. Waiting for the wind to shake the brittle stems to set them free on the breeze. The gardeners have already started the autumn tidy-up so some areas are bare and brown…

Agapanthus seed heads

African Lilies, in shades of blue and purple, now withered and brown await winter’s cruel blast, far from home…

Educated Thistle

Cardoon stands tall against the sun, an educated thistle, given pride of place. They will still be there well into winter, trimmed with frost, providing shelter and food for finches and wren. I’m hoping the seedlings I planted this year will fair a bit better next spring!

There is so much to see at Culzean Castle  that if you are travelling you should plan to stay for the day. Bring a picnic or eat in the cafe (check opening times). Explore the shore, visit the swan pond, woodland walks, restored buildings or spend time in the second hand bookshop or the castle.