Portmore is a large house a few miles north of Peebles, with a beautiful garden that the owners open to the public for one day every two years through the Scotland’s Gardens Open scheme! I had looked forward for a whole year to seeing Portmore gardens, since visiting Haystoun gardens last summer, and learning that it took year about with Portmore. So the weekend after the Oban visit, Morag, Michael and I were on our way to Portmore, along with crowds of other folk. The main part of the garden is in the old walled garden, which has been carefully renovated and laid out by the current owners. The old Victorian glasshouses appeared to be in such a bad state 9 years ago when work began, that they were almost demolished. However it was found that they could be rescued, and today they look wonderful, full of beautiful flowers, like fuchsias, lilies, and hibiscus,
and are complete with restored Victorian grotto.
There’s a knot garden,
and flowers, beautiful flowers. Here are just a few of the photos I took. I can’t remember all their names, so just look at the pics and enjoy!
This is the view the south side of the house must get. It’s a beautiful place, and I look forward to coming back in two years time to see what additions Mrs Reid has made. Walks in the woodlands have begun, so more paths around the estate grounds will possibly be developed. I’ll enjoy those.
Talk again soon.