As you can see from the photo below box topiary is quite a feature of the walled garden at Castle Fraser, they don’t seem to have a problem with box blight – fingers crossed for them!
Aberdeenshire is quite far north so it takes the plants a bit longer to get going in the spring.
I absolutely love walled gardens though and I still miss the high wall that we had in our old garden.
Click on the photos to enlarge them if you want to see them in more detail.
There’s an unusual old sundial in the garden.
Despite Castle Fraser being fairly far north they are still able to grow fruit, thanks to the walls, and the apple blossom was just beginning to flower when we were there a few weeks ago, it’ll be looking great now I imagine.
A few weeks ago we went up to Aberdeenshire, for one night only, it was mainly so that Jack could go to a football match, but as you can see we managed to visit Castle Fraser too, which is good as I’m really not much interested in football. The earliest part of the castle dates from 1575, you can read about it here.
It was a grey morning and really quite freezing and slightly misty for mid April.
The castle is in the Scots baronial style which is more akin to the pepperpot towers so beloved of medieval European castles than anything that you would find elsewhere in the UK.
The photo below is of the Great Hall.
Below is the library, a room I could have spent a long time in, apart from the books it was the warmest!
The doorways are very ornate.
We of course slogged up to the top of the tower to get a good view of the surrounding area.
In the distance we could see the walled garden, so we made our way carefully back down the long spiral staircase so we could go and get a closer look at it. I’ll leave the photos of the garden for another blogpost. Castle Fraser is definitely worth seeing