There are lots of woodland areas to walk around within the grounds of Glamis Castle, but there’s also a walled Italian garden. I love walled gardens, apart from the fact that the high walls protect the plants from the worst of the winter weather, they always feel so private and safe. Below is a view of the entrance to the garden.
Glamis Castle from the walled Italian Garden.
Despite the fact that it was late September there was still plenty of interest in the garden, and quite a bit of colour.
There is of course a fabulous backdrop of mature conifers in the shape of the arboretum.
I’m truly glad that I don’t have the job of trimming all those hedges, they do look great though.
I believe the purple flowers are verbena. I did have one such plant in my garden but sadly it gave up after a few years so I presume they don’t like clay soil.
You can read more about Glamis Castle gardens here. The whole place is definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.
The garden at Edzell Castle dates back to 1604. Apparently Sir David Lindsay wanted the protection that a medieval castle gave him and his family, but he also wanted his children to experience the more beautiful things in life such as this renaissance garden. You can read about it here.
The niches in the walls are normally planted with flowers but due to Covid it hasn’t been done this year, most of the historic places have just reopened to the public, the gardener is also having a tough time with the box hedging which was famous for its intricate topiarised Latin inscriptions, but sadly the box got blight and is nothing like it should be, it is being replanted I think but it’ll be ages before it’s back to its former glory as in the old image below.
The wee house in the next photo is a summerhouse which was used for entertaining in the garden.
The walls have carvings of planetary gods on them and the swallows often nest in the small wall niches, especially the star shaped ones.
There’s a well in a corner of the garden and when I had a look down into it (as you do) I could see that there was no water in it, just some sweetie wrappings deposited there by some ‘charmer’. So that led us to go on a search for the source of the water as you can’t have a castle without a water supply. Presumably there was a burn (stream) which supplied the well in days gone by but it must have been diverted or drained, probably by modern farming. We found the West Water about a mile from the castle, it’s a lovely walk down to the river with fast flowing clear water, but I’ll leave that for another time.
Looking towards the front of Sir Walter Scott’s Abbotsford the photo below is what you see to the right hand side of it.
The photo below is of the same piece of garden ground but this time viewed from his study.
There was still quite a lot of colour around although most of the roses were over, next time we’ll visit in the summertime.
Below is an elegant sheltered spot to sit in within the walled garden, but the day we were there was hot, very hot for October and as you can see it was very sunny.
In the distance you can see that the blue delphiniums were still going strong.