Well,you can see that it wasn’t the best of days when Linda and I took a drive out to Smeaton Garden Centre near East Linton. The rain was just chucking it down, and the poor flowers weren’t half taking a battering.
Last time we were here we sat outside under one of these umbrellas, on one of the hottest afternoons. No-one was venturing outside to eat this time. Instead we had lunch in the old glass house cafe, and listened to the rain hitting the glass roof. When we eventually came outside to have a look around, the rain was still pouring down, but we just had to put up with it and get wet!
The beautifully trained apple tree growing flat against the wall made me think of what my own apple tree at home should look like! It will – next year! As you will soon see, my garden is getting a make-over, so I was on the lookout for some new plants. Instead of taking notes of names, the camera was put to good use taking photos of labels, so that I can look at them now and remember what they are and what they look like.
It’s so delicate and lacy!
I don’t know that I would want it in my garden though. I do prefer brighter coloured flowers. A rowan is a must for a Scottish garden. Tradition is that it keeps witches away. It works! I have a rowan at the entrance to my garden and not a single witch have I ever seen in my garden!!! This was an attractive one. I thought I would remember its name – but I haven’t!
Smeaton Garden Centre is situated in the walled garden of the old house that was demolished some decades ago. This is what it looked like, quite an impressive building. Shame so many of these beautiful big houses have disappeared.
Well, I think I’ll save Merryhatton till next time, along with my photos from today’s Open Gardens Scheme. Hey, I’m about caught up!
Talk again soon.