As Frank of Humbie Dean said, the garden was shaped like a wedge of brie, roughly triangular in shape, dipping down at each long side into valleys and bounded by the two burns or streams. When he and his partner took on the challenge of rescuing the woodland garden, it was in a pretty wild state and bit by bit they are managing to tame it. Paths wind round the garden, down wooden edged steps, along the valley bottom, up more steps, off to little dead end view points….. Frank took us round the garden – that’s him with the yellow and green umbrella – and explained what he and Sarah had done and would continue to do. The steep bankings were a work in progress, as weeds were dug up and the earth cleared for more rhododendrons, bulbs and other shrubs Work must have stopped in a hurry here on the right. The garden fork has been left where the digging stopped!
Bluebells grew in profusion alongside bright red rhododendrons. Plantings of candelabra primulas shone out of the greenery.
I love the hosta with its rain drops in a perfect line down the centre vein of the leaf.
Near the house there was a more traditional kind of garden with lawn, flowerbeds and a little pond, with patio and picnic table. It was tough that the day was so wet. Perhaps we would have lingered longer if the sun had been shining but we did enjoy the walk around. It would be good to see the progress they make. Maybe we’ll visit again next year, if they open the garden with the Scotland’s Gardens Open Day scheme
Talk again soon.