Monday, May 29, 2017

Margaret and Henry Taylor's Garden

The second of the Scottish gardens. Every plant in this garden had a story behind it, how it grew in the wild, where it came from and all were grown extremely well. Thank goodness I had an excellent photographer with me as, I was so involved in conversation with these two very knowledgeable people that I think I only took one photo and that was of the Ranunculus parnassifolius. Every nook and cranny had some exquisite plant growing in it. So many I recognise now from Spain as Margaret and Henry Taylor wrote the Mountain Flower Walks, The Pyrenees and Picos de Europa Book that we used every day on our trip to Spain it was so useful, as we had no guide, we were totally reliant on it for information. But the Taylors had very extreme weather the year before our visit and had lost a large Eucryphia and a few other quite large trees from extreme frosts, so it is difficult gardening in all parts of the world.

Pleonie unknown

Looking up towards the glass house.

Celmisia's and Ranunculus all grow beautifully in this garden, as did Meconopsis punicea and Adonis.

A selection of Sempervivum arachnoideum all found growing in Spain.

You may be able to pick out the Paraquilegia almost in the centre of the rock garden.

Saxifraga's about 8 varieties all in this small area and the small fern's that I didn't pay much attention to until I came home and looked at the photo's, it's amazing how much you don't see when looking around a garden.

You will need to click on this photo to see the detail in this picture, there is a large Haberlea, Primula's an Aquilegia, Ramonda's and Ramonda nathaliae and a yellow flowering Primula that looks like P. palinuri? with the short toothed leaves from the sea cliffs in south-western Italy that does well in Australia if you can get it to germinate from seed, Saxifraga's on the top of the mound and at the sides.

Ranunculus parnassifolius

A raised bed with Gentian verna in front and Fritillaria persica? up against the glass house to get the radiated heat from the glass.

This lovely old sink is surround by Viola's and back towards the house are more Viola's

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