This large and semi wild (but still a lot of work) garden is a cross between the usual ingredients; lawns, flowerbeds and vegetables etc., and woodland habitats where flowers, birds and insects can be seen in their natural surroundings. It’s been an invaluable resource for the book.:
Most of the garden is set on a steep slope, which creates dynamic effects of the light where the foliage is lit from beneath in the morning, and from above later in the day. It’s structured by terraces, steps (keeping one fit), and many winding paths through the woodland which add a sense of mystery and encourage exploration. There are tantalizing glimpses of the sparkling river through the trees and strategically placed seats invite moments of contemplation.
Recently the ‘Beechgrove Garden’ came to film here, of course choosing the worst and wettest of summers. They hoped to film flowers and plants featured in the August chapter of the book but lots of things hadn’t flowered, had been eaten or drowned, and I managed to fell the only cranesbill flower with my strimmer just before they arrived. However, it was a fantastic day and a wonderful (if somewhat nerve-wracking) experience overall, the team were great and it was a privilege to be featured on such a well-known programme.
Since they came some of the absentee plants have made an appearance so I thought it might be nice to include some pictures of them in retrospect.