Branklyn Garden, Perth, Scotland – part 2

Here we are back at Branklyn Garden in Perth again, it was the first day of its opening again after the Covid-19 lockdown was being slowly eased in Scotland. We were all glad to see some different scenery I’m sure.

pathway , Branklyn Garden, Perth, Scotland

There were quite a lot of people there but it was still fairly easy to lose yourself among the plants and take photos without other people being in the background.

Pathway, Branklyn Garden, Perth, Scotland

Sadly I couldn’t see any fish in the pond, I suspect that if they put any in there they would be fodder for some kind of birds, possibly a heron. This garden is a short distance from the River Tay, where there are plenty of seabirds around.

Branklyn pond, Branklyn Garden, Perth, Scotland

I wish I could remember the name of the red flowered climber below, I have a feeling that it’s an annual but I can’t find any images of one like it. That’s one grouse I have about Branklyn, the plants aren’t always labelled. Probably they were all well labelled originally but the plants have engulfed them as they grew.

Branklyn Garden, Perth, Scotland

You can just get a glimpse of the house that the original owners of the garden lived in in the photo below. This is now a Scottish National Trust property but the house is used as a holiday rental so you can’t look around it.

Rhoddie , acer, Branklyn Garden, Perth, Scotland

There are some cracking acers/Japanese Maples in this garden. So many people love them but aren’t able to grow them although they’re not that pernickety really, having said that some of mine got damaged by an air frost in May, just as the new growth was looking so good.

Branklyn Garden, Perth, Scotland, acer

It was a sunny day and the sun shining through the top of the acer below was quite something, but the photo doesn’t really capture the moment.

acer, Japanese Maple, Branklyn Garden, Perth

My garden in Fife

I took a few photos of my garden last week when we were having a very long dry spell, since then we have had some much needed rain. Below is a photo of a blue clematis alpina which is against the fence, it’s my favourite clematis, of the ones I have anyway. There’s also an acer/Japanese maple on the right just coming into leaf.

acer, clamatis alpina, Garden 5

The patch below is the first area to come into flower as it’s where I have most of my snowdrops, but the narcissus, primulas, cherry blossom and heathers are flowering now.

heathers, cherry blossom, primulaGarden 1

I feed the birds all winter but will be removing the last of the feeders when this one below is empty. The birds don’t need supplements over the summer. The tree the feeder is hanging on is a pear tree, very late in showing signs of growth but it has since begun to blossom.

pieris, pear tree, amelanchier, primulas

The photo below would have been quite nice if I hadn’t inadvertently left my weed bucket in view! On the far right is the remains of what was a giant cherry tree that I planted just a couple of years ago, it grew about 20 feet inside a few years, you wouldn’t think it was possible. Anyway, I realised it was going to be far too big for our garden so it has been reduced and the bark cut all around it as it was impossible to move it. I plan to keep the skeleton of the tree to grow my rambling rose Rambling Rector over it. It also produced loads of suckers from the roots. Whoever thought it was a good tree to sell to the general public was off their head. Very few gardens can accommodate a tree which apparently grows to 100 feet, something that the sellers kept quiet about! You live and learn. There are far too may trees in this garden, which I knew was a mistake, but I wanted them all, sheer greed. They are mainly small fruit trees though – apples, pear and plum. Fingers crossed we don’t get a late frost as we did last year and all the buds turned black and fell off.

my garden, silver birch, euphorbia, acer

I had to trace the tree roots and pull them up where possible, that made a complete mess of the chips at the path and around the table which is to the left and out of view below. I thought it might settle down itself but it hasn’t, so that’ll be next on the agenda for needing attention. Since taking these photos the garden has been cleaned up and my brown bin is full of garden waste, but there’s yet more to do. A garden is always a work in progress!

my Garden

My autumn garden – 29th of October

The leaves that are still on trees have been raining down on us over the past few days, the frost has left them unable to cling on any longer, but these photos are of my garden as it was on the 29th of October when the acers were at their most vibrant. A last loud hurrah before they have a rest.

acers

acers , physocarpus, viburnum, liquidambar

Below is a much smaller acer, a pieris and a conical evergreen which I love but can’t remember what it’s called, I’m really not very good with all those conifers. The blue/green one in the foreground is a creeping juniper I think.
acers,

acers

The mystery tree below which I bought for all of two quid at Hill House of Tarvit plant sale a few years ago is great – but still a mystery. It has lovely glossy berries and its leaves look a bit cotoneaster-ish, but it’s definitely a tree not a shrub. The heather has been looking a bit scruffy until now, it is great for autumn colour though.

mystery tree, my garden

The bright yellow-ish conifers in the background are those ones that you can buy from supermarkets for about £1 when they’re just a foot or so tall. These ones are now five years old and although they were all the same size when I planted them two of them have had to be cut back because of frost or perhaps wind burn damage, but they’re still growing well and they have a lovely lemony scent when you brush against them.

acers

Well, it was nice for me to be able to remind myself what the garden looked like just a few weeks ago. I hope you enjoyed it too.

My Garden in June

Garden 4

My garden is really beginning to fill out, it’s hard to believe that just over two years ago there was nothing here but grass and one wee apple tree. The hardest thing has been cutting away the turf but it’s worth it to get the planting space.

Garden 7

If all goes to plan that fence will be entirely hidden by plants of various sorts. The lupins you can see all came from a £1.50 packet of seeds, I got about 30 plants out of it – or more and ended up giving some away. I’m so glad I grew my own as the garden centres charge about £8 for one plant and they flower within a couple of months of germination. We’ve had strong winds over the last few days though and it has flattened some of the lupins, I must get some metal rods to bend into shape to use as plant supports for next year.

foxgloves 2 + acer

Above you can see that foxgloves have planted themselves around the acer. I’m really not ruthless enough where plants are concerned, I should have weeded them out but they seem so happy there.

Garden 6

The plant above is …. wait for it – edelweiss. I know, it’s not the sort of flower that you would think a song would be written about. Most of it is quite grey looking, but maybe if you are stuck in a long hard alpine winter then it looks wonderful – a harbinger of spring perhaps.

plant 3

I have quite a lot of houseleeks/sempervivums in various parts of the garden but I asked Jack to drill a hole in this old fondue pot and put some plants in it, they seem to be doing well.

It’s turning out to be a good garden for roses and this one below is one of my favourites. I still haven’t found its plant label so I have no idea what it’s called. Its buds are red then it changes to lots of different colours orange, peach and pink as it matures, ending up a pale yellow. It’s a beauty whatever it is.

roses 2

I’m taking notes of the things that I’ll have to do in the garden when the autumn comes, such as which plants will need to be moved then because they’re getting congested already. If I don’t take notes I’ll forget!

The Making of a Garden in Fife

Apple tree

The wee apple tree in the photo above was the only plant which was in our new garden, it’s just about to blossom. As you can see if you look behind it, I’ve been busy planting already. I’ve added climbing roses, clematis, honeysuckle, deutzia, lady’s mantle, foxgloves, honesty and more.

planting

The border above is along one side of the garden and that is the bit which is quite claggy and dampish, so I’ve planted a fish-tail fern as well as several ordinary ferns, astilbes, snakeshead fritillaries, viburnum, pieris, skimmia and various other things which I can’t think of at the moment!

planting acers

Above you can see an acer on the left, that is one of the few plants which I managed to take from my old garden. I’ve planted a pear tree next to it. This island bed is going to be extended eventually. The concrete blocks in the background were the foundations of a wooden summerhouse which the old owners took with them. Unfortunately they’re quite well cemented in and I don’t know what to do wth that area now, I don’t really see the need for a summerhouse when you have a sun-room.

Taking a last walk around my old garden was really quite emotional, for me it was far worse than looking around the house for the last time. The garden and the birds it attracted had given me so much more pleasure than the house did, I’m not a big fan of housework!

planting a cheery tree and acer.

Above you can see the makings of another island bed with a different kind of acer in it and also a cherry tree. I really do miss the lovely old stone wall which was at the back of the old garden, and that needed almost no maintenance. It’s going to take us ages to paint this fence with wood preservative, it’s a lot of fencing, it’ll be like painting the Forth Bridge.

planting acers

Above is a view of the utility side of the house, where the bins are kept and there is also a raised bed which the previous people made. There were a few sad looking strawberry plants in it but I’ve added more compost and also planted some herbs, rosemary, chives, thyme and also some shallots. I plan to add more veggies and make another raised bed there for spinach and various other things. There are two wee Japanese maples in the foreground, along with heucheras, these are the only plants which I’m a wee bit worried about. I think they might not like the location so I’m keeping an eye on them. I took these photos a couple of weeks ago and everything else seems to look quite healthy, especially the raspberry and Tayberry bushes, I think I’ll plant some more fruit bushes.

So as you can see, I’ve got my work cut out for me, and I’m going to be busy cutting out more of that grass, especially as there are loads of thistles coming up through it. Honestly, where is Eeyore when you need him!

Spring Garden Again

Today the weather has been horrible as the east coast of Scotland has been enveloped in sea mist or as they call it here ‘haar’. So while the rest of Britain has been enjoying lovely warm sunshine I’ve been shivering the whole day and watching the mist tumble past the window.

Yesterday it was beautiful, almost like summer and thankfully I took some photographs of my garden whilst the sun was shining. This one is of one of my pieris shrubs, I think this one is called Forest Flame. The tall white flower is Honesty but most people only know of the lovely silvery seed heads which this flower will turn into in a few weeks time. It always seems magical to me and the great thing is that the flowers seed themselves around the garden. Sadly the purple ones don’t seem to be so prolific so there are always fewer of them.

honesty + pieris

I love Acers and I’m really lucky that they thrive easily in my garden, despite being so close to the North Sea. The high wall protects them from the wind which burns the delicate leaves in more exposed situations. As you can see I took this photo before getting around to snipping off last year’s old lily stems. It’s looking tidier now.

acer

Another acer which is looking a bit floppy at the moment because the leaves are still unfurling. Primulas, forget-me-nots and aquilegia are planted underneath it. All plants which happily come back year after year.

acer + primula

And this is the same acer from another angle. To the left is a clump of cranesbill geraniums and the small silvery standard tree is a willow. I’m not sure about that one because the rest of the garden looks so natural and standards are so unnatural and contrived looking, but I love the velvety foliage and catkins.

acer + honesty

That’s just a few of the photos which I took yesterday so I’ll be doing another garden post in a few days time.