On the last day of our mini break, with the sun still shining, making our way back to Inverness Airport in the north eastern part of Scotland, we stopped for a while at Cawdor Castle to see their gardens. We had no idea what the garden would be like so were very pleasantly surprised when we stepped through the gate in the wall to find such a stunning garden.
Cawdor Castle dates from the 14th century and is steeped in history, unfortunately we didn’t have time to visit the house as well as the garden as we had to be at the airport for 12 noon. The castle was also made famous by William Shakespeare when he wrote his play “Macbeth”
As soon as I stepped through the gate, I knew I was in for a treat.
At the side there was a little formal area with box hedging, I liked the bedding which matched the paint on the seats. I can admire this sort of gardening, but wouldn’t necessarily want it myself. The flower garden here was started in 1700.
However the herbaceous borders were a delight and full of inspiration for me for our side border by the field. The owner and family usually stay here from August till October for the shooting and fishing season so the garden is made from plants that flower in this period.
The Castle is open for other events during the year so the head gardener is now extending the seasons in the garden with spring bulbs followed by early summer flowers.
While making my notes for plants to buy or grow from seed, I kept coming across flowers that were well and truly over in our garden back home. The season is about a month behind us at the opposite end of the country.
My nose led me to a Honeysuckle such a beautiful perfume and entwined in it was such a beautiful, dainty, yellow flowered clematis.
Does anyone know which one it is? The petals were so thin, unlike any other late yellow clematis and the flowers were very small.
Another area hidden by hedging is the early summer garden, all the plants were just finishing flowering, but the water feature was beautiful!
The red of the poppy was set off by the silver foliage around it.
While we were away I had been looking for some thistles, Scotland’s national flower. I was too late for the wild ones, they were all going to seed, but I found a cultivated one in the garden, it was a beauty!
The walled garden was created in 1600 and until fairly recently was where they grew all their vegetables. Part of this area is now a maze made from holly hedges.
Next to the maze was another formal area, backed by more herbaceous borders.
This photo is to remind me to dig up my lythrum where it is in the shade and to split it into 3 or 4 and plant them in the border by the field, in the sun.
Such a beautiful flower, I wish its roots would stay put though!
This was tall, at least 5ft, but a campanula flowering at this time of year? It was very pretty.
I thought this part of the castle was lovely, it could almost be in a fairy story with a portcullis and drawbridge where the iron work is today and a princess waiting to be rescued in one of the towers!
We couldn’t explore further, had to go, we had a plane to catch.! The undergardener kept this garden a secret from me until I noticed that all of a sudden, we weren’t following signs to the airport any more, it was a lovely surprise and a wonderful way to end our few days in sunny Scotland!