People who are acquainted with me and my husband know that we are quite fond of gardens. For those that don’t know us, I must confess that we (or is it just him?) are also a bit…well…ambitious. You know the phrase “go big or go home”? Sometimes I think we invented that phrase.
Nearly ten years ago, my adoring husband with the aid of his trusty Kubota, took down a large, somewhat problematic tree behind our house. The removal of the tree and its massive root ball left us with a rather unsightly, gaping hole. Ever the visionary (and enjoyer of manly projects), my husband had the brilliant idea to construct a pond/rock garden where the tree had previously stood. But in typical “go big or go home” fashion, the project did not end there. For one pond quickly became two. Then three. Then four. What we have today, nearly a decade later, are three smaller ponds that connect via rocky streams into a larger pond. What my husband has built is quite extraordinary. I’m a lucky lady, indeed.
In the nearly ten years since the rock garden’s inception, my husband has built retaining walls, three patios, and even a dock on which we can sit and view the fish. A little bridge is in the works for next season. It’s an ever-evolving project that gives us so much pleasure, season after season.
Today, flowers and plants abound in our little piece of Paradise. Our home has become something of a sanctuary for bullfrogs, tree frogs, toads, salamanders, snails, insects, birds, and fish. We have even spotted a wayward turtle or two. It’s the perfect spot to sit and think, to reflect, and count one’s blessings. Gardens are good for that sort of thing.This past week as I was looking through old Scotland vacation photos, I came across the pictures that were taken the day we visited Greywalls Hotel for afternoon tea. Greywalls is a pretty, Edwardian country house in Gullane, Scotland (about 40 minutes outside of Edinburgh). It was built in 1901 by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens. It is a lovely place to visit. Although we did not stay the night, we thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon champagne tea and especially strolling through the beautiful gardens. They were peaceful and inspiring. The perfect place for these two garden lovers to spend an hour.
Today I simply want to share a few of those garden photos with you, just to give you a taste for how pretty they are. I think if you visit Greywalls you won’t be disappointed. These photos were taken in May, a most extraordinary time to be in Scotland.
I do hope you enjoy.
I hope the gardens at Greywalls have left you inspired. As always, thanks so much for popping by. See you next time.