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Thursday, 5 July 2012

A city garden

The U3A garden group took themselves off to Edinburgh last week, to see a relatively new garden not so far from the centre of the city.  Can’t say we’ve been too lucky with the weather for the last few garden visits, and this was no exception.  Thunder was rumbling all the time we were there, but thankfully no lightning!  I hate lightning – if  I‘m outside!   It rained of course, but not so much that we abandoned the visit.  ROCHEID 017 Rocheid was apparently an old house with a somewhat overgrown devastation of an area round about it, until about ten years ago when it was bought by the current owners.  Both the house and garden have been rescued and restored, added to and recreated, to form a beautiful looking home and a garden full of interest, odd little areas on different  levels, and “a surprise around each corner”. ROCHEID 022

In front of the house is a very formal two-level water garden.  Water slides down a series of shelves from the upper pond to the central channel, bordered by paving slabs and tall thin evergreen trees that are generally found in Mediterranean climes.  ROCHEID 028In between the trees are lamps, Japanese style, would you say? I rather like them!   I liked the lilies in the flowerbed at the top of the garden too.ROCHEID 026






We had an introductory talk from the owner and then set off to wander round.  side of house

The garden – flowerbed and a lawn - extends round to this side of the house then opens up into the back garden,

ROCHEID 034 where a beautiful wooden conservatory and a pleasant south-facing deck are attached to the back of the house, south being the direction the sun travels in, here in the northern hemisphere.   big pot

There’s a path that goes along the back of the house, but on the corner opposite that stone wall is this beautifully laid out Mediterranean style bed with its enormous terracotta pot.  pond framed Behind the palm trees on the right  you get a glimpse of the pond that runs the length of the back of the house.

waterfall and pond At this end, there’s a waterfall and at the far end a rowing boat is moored.rocheid boat

Following the path between the house and the pond  you turn right at the end of the pond and enter a “tunnel” of arches with plants growing up and around them.  At this stage of the year you could look through the sides of the “tunnel”, over a raised flowerbed, back to the pond.house and pond

Once out of the tunnel you are in the other half of the garden which you wouldn’t be able to see from the house.  lowergardenIt was on a slope down-wards and had zigzag paths meandering down into the valley, through flowerbeds that are continually planted and replanted with shrubs and bulbs, wild flowers and perennials  The thunder continued to rumble and the rain to fall, curved wall but we enjoyed the walk around this part of the garden, before we reached the stone steps beneath the curly wall that take you back up to the lawn. the hare

One thing I forgot to show you is the sculpture I’m sure not everybody noticed, of the hare, seemingly prancing along the top of the wall on the far side of the pond in the top garden, while in the lower garden the  “Compost shed” was interesting!  compost shedIt was built with metal rope and formed a very sculptural decoration to the garden.

So, having spent a good couple of hours looking at this and that, the rain finally got the better of us, and having said our goodbyes and thank-yous to the owner, we headed off back to the bus stop and Peebles!

Talk again soon.  


JeaneBee said...

Hi..greeting from Nebraska USA. Your blog has such beautiful photos and comments.

come and visit me!



Evelyn/Ev/Evee said...

Thanks so much, JeaneBee. Love the mud-eating photos of your wee grandson!

Katrina said...

I feel like moving to Peebles and joining the U3A gardening group! What a lot of work the owners must've put into that garden.

Evelyn/Ev/Evee said...

That would be great, Katrina!!! Yes, I think these gardens we visit are cared for at least 18 hours out of 24, by people who can spend that time out in their gardens! I think it must be easier to create a large garden than a small one! I wish I could have been in the U3A twentyfive years ago when I had a big garden that I didn't know what to do with! However the U3A hadn't arrived in Peebles at that time!