I mentioned Lady Buchan /Hepburn in my last entry, so today I will show you some of her garden at Kailzie – don’t pronounce the Z. It’s Kailie. I had arranged to meet my sister and her partner for lunch at the stables restaurant there. It was a glorious day – wall to wall sunshine and blue sky – though still a little on the cool side. We had a nice meal in what was probably once the coach and carriage house, adjoining the stables of the big house, before I took myself on a tour of the gardens. We had gone initially to Kailzie to take a look at cctv footage of ospreys nesting in the area, but after we had paid our entrance fee, we were told the connection wasn’t working. We were a bit cross that the centre’s staff had taken our money before telling us the news, but at least I managed to get some shots of the bird feeding station at the rear, and a pair of chaffinches.
Nowadays it would have had a preservation listing but that was way back then, so the house has gone, leaving an open space where it once stood. Coming up the drive you would have crossed the stone bridge and the house would then have been on your left It must have had the most wonderful view of Tweeddale and the hills to its north. Here’s how it once looked as you approached via the bridge! You can see the stone bridge parapet in the photo. I last showed you this picture in March last year – here’s a link back to when the snowdrops were out. This time there were daffodils to see, all along the walks and through the woodland garden – so many varieties.
and the white doubles.
For the first time I have ever seen it, I think, the fountain was actually playing. It was so very pretty.
I found this lone Himalayan blue poppy in the formally laid out walled garden, not far from the former hothouse – not so spectacular as the one at Glassmount, but in better condition!
and just as I reached this part of the path – left - the breeze blew down a shower of blossom petals to mingle with the pine cones, though I was too late to capture it on camera.
This is one of the two fishing ponds at Kailzie with views beyond to the hills. The other pond is much larger, and looking in the opposite direction you can see the lodge houses at the gateway to Kailzie. Peebles is a couple of miles back along that road, which was where I was headed next – back home. I daresay it won’t be long before I am back at Kailzie for some more photos, and then I have to pay a springtime visit to Dawyck Gardens too, for the rhododendrons! That will be a treat!
Talk again soon.