Scottish Garden

Yesterday, I visited Ayr, a town in SW Scotland. Key purpose was to visit the garden of a private house in the town which had been opened to the public for four days to raise money for two charities.

The garden had been deliberately designed as a natural garden entailing lots of steps, uneven and narrow paths, protruding branches plus wasps and bee nests. There are also mice, rabbits, foxes, hedgehogs and, occasionally, stoats.The property is close to the shoreline, thus, apart from the prevailing westerly wind and sandy soil the sea is ever present and can reach close to the house during storm surges.

Not being an expert horticulturist, I have been unable to identify all the plants. In fact, my emphasis was on the photographic appeal of the blooms and other features of this excellent little garden. I hope readers enjoy the portfolio of images below.

Colourful corner dominated by sub-tropical tree.


Blue Lupins. Note half whisky cask in bottom left the wood of which may have emanated from SW USA.

 Lily flowers

Pathway with more sub-tropical plants.

Blooms with subtle colours

 Vibrant orange flowers.

 A stunning flower

 Good range of subtle colours.

A sheltered little arbour. I availed of tea and cakes here along with other visitors.

Pastel pink flowers

Nice collection of potted plants.


More information for the visitor.

The publication, Visitors’ Guide to Scotland includes sections on Scotland’s gardens. This book is heavily illustrated and contains a wealth of information on Scotland and it’s history. The ISBN is 978-1-9161332-0-4. Also available via Kindle.


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