Our gardening group goes once a fortnight to some lovely garden or other, thanks to Sheena, our group organiser. Generally we get a guided tour of the garden but are often allowed to wander by ourselves. Our last visit was to Harvieston , where the present owners, 19 years ago, bought a cottage and what they described as a walled field! It would at one time have been the walled gardens of Harvieston House, but had been dug up and grassed over by the time the couple bought what was likely the gardener’s cottage. The cottage needed some repairs, so those were done first, to make it into a beautiful single storey home, and then it was the garden’s turn for some TLC – tender loving care.
Even the garden gate was transformed, from an ugly wooden gate in just a gap in the wall, by the addition of new pillars and a wrought iron gate Little by little small “rooms” were created; hedges and trees planted; flowerbeds dug and planted; paths and steps built here and there ; a pond created; a summer house constructed and benches set out in the spots with nice views over flowerbeds or pond.
in the prairie garden
Some of the trees in the woodland came from overseas. I suspect the flaky bark tree came from Australia, though I don’t know where the white bark tree came from. Wherever it may be they were doing very well at Harvieston.
At the back of the cottage there is a semicircular lawn, bordered by a semicircular bed of shrubs and small trees. Over to the right was the vegetable garden complete with greenhouses set behind a privet hedge. I spotted several white butterflies but they were always too quick for the camera, though I did get this one and another of one of our LBJs (little brown jobs) a dunnock!
It was a lovely afternoon. I’d like to see what else the owners add to the garden, because apparently it is still not finished. Maybe we’ll pay them another visit in a couple of years time. Now, just a few more photos to finish off with…..
Talk again soon.