Last Saturday we had to go to an old friend’s memorial service in Dumbarton. It’s a two hour drive from where we live now so after the service we decided to make the most of being over in my beloved west of Scotland and go to take a look at nearby Geilston Garden which is near Cardross, Argyll and Bute. It’s one of those places that we never got around to visiting in all the years that we lived nearby. It’s owned by The National Trust, but it’s just the gardens they own, there’s no house to go around. Despite the fact that it was October there’s still a decent amount of colour around as you can see.
I took the photo below of what is a mystery shrub to me, meaning to try to identify it using my RHS plant book. I haven’t got around to doing that yet though. It’s a very nice plant anyway and I’d like to track one down.
I love the shape of the conifer below, I have no idea exactly what this tree is though. I loved Geilston and my only gripe is that I couldn’t find many plant labels there, I like to note names down if I don’t know what they are.
There are a fair number of Acers at Geilston, mind you I think that you can never have too many of them. The colours are always gorgeous although best in the autumn of course, but they even look great in the winter when it’s their naked shapes which are beautiful.
If you happen to be in the neighbourhood of Dumbarton/Cardross/Helensburgh you should definitely make time to visit Geilston Garden. The chap at the entrance was very friendly and there were freshly picked vegetables and flowers for sale which were very tasty.
You can see lots more images of Geilston Garden at various different times of the year here.