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Inverewe Garden 30 8 2010


We were lucky enough to have time to visit Inverewe Garden a world famous garden on the west coast of Scotland. The garden is situated looking north and west over Loch Ewe which is a sea loch. I was very taken with the lovely patterns on the different trees we came across. I took a lot of photographs of them before I realised that if we were to enjoy the visit I needed to forget about the camera and concentrate on what we were seeing, the magnificent trees, the lovely flowers still flourishing in this idyllic place and the wonderful views. We met so many other visitors to share the delights of the place with that it was a great visit. One lady was from Christchurch and she would still have been here when the quake hit her city. My heart goes out to those affected. I misplaced the list I made of what I had photographed so if anyone wants to ID anything do feel free. I have one photo of a blue flower which looked like a blue solomans seal. I would love to find out what that is.

The walled garden is divided in two.The third beyond the wall is filled with greenhouses and not available to the public. The two thirds left is filled with a mixture of Flowers and vegetables.

No.2 The second photo of the walled garden

No3 Bark on a Beech Tree

No.4 Eucalyptus peeling bark

No.5 Birch bark

No.6 Wind blown Scots Pine, one of the original shelter belt planted when the house and garden were first planned.

No.7 The tree has been pruned to allow light in to the undergrowth

No.8 Holly

No.9 ?

No. 10 Covered in lichen

No.11 Blue Hydrangea, white hydrangea and a pink late flowering Rhododendron in the background.

No.12 Purple Berries on a Rhododendron

No. 13 More peeling bark

No. 14 Tropaeolum with flowers twice the normal size.

No.15 Hydrangea paniculata, Tiger lilies.

No. 16 Pretty yellow flowers like lilies but leaves quite different.

No.17 Another view of the above lily like flowers

No.18 Tree ferns galore.

No.19 ? Spruce

No. 20 Lovely bark nibbled at the foot

No.21 Blue flowers I would love to knowwhat they are.

No.22 Is this a yucca?

No.23 Yew tree bark.

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Cant help with identification, but love the trees. Nice pictures

10 Sep, 2010


lovely blog Scotsgran. No 16 looks like Kirengeshoma Palmata to me. I love trees and bark too! Glad you had a lovely visit, I've never been there.

10 Sep, 2010


Well spotted Karen. I have checked and that is what it is. The only disappointment in the visit was the lack of plants on sale. The trees are outstanding and there is one to suit every tree hugger. They have rhododendrons still flowering and a white one we saw had a beautiful scent. I could it smell from the path and had to go off road to reach it. There are seven acres in all and the gardeners were very busy cutting back and pruning to open up vistas which were getting lost to the overgrowthof the species rhodo, the mauve one. We had a lovely trip up in perfect tourist weather. We were held up on the way up to Beauly where we stayed for 2 night because of a horrendous crash on the A9 in which two people died. It put a damper on the rest of the trip up as some motorists were driving like crazy people. We were late in leaving so were only held up for 2 hours but others had been there for over six hours. Our trip to Inverewe was one I had been hoping to make for a long time but because it is so remote my husband was not keen. Our picnic at Suntrap and a barbecue there the night before we left made a positive impression on him and he immediately agreed when I suggested the visit. He is already planning a return trip in the spring. We visited Culloden on our way home on the Tuesday. I did not take photographs there. I felt it was too sad a place and reminds us that some people never learn. It has a haunting atmosphere. It is well worth the effort to get there. We arrived as they were opening up and did not have time to fully explore the garden before we left as it was warm work.

10 Sep, 2010


Oh to be in Scotland! What a lovely blog with great photos of some fabulous trees

10 Sep, 2010


It is about 230 miles each way from our house Lulu so it had to be a couple of overnights. For anyone contemplating a visit this far north there are petrol stations in Perth and Inverness with petrol and diesel at the same prices as further south. We were a bit too early for the changing colours on the deciduous trees but I am looking forward to a spring trip. Thank you for the lovely comments. I think tree and shrub bark is an added dimension in gardens and will plant because some are too good to exclude.

10 Sep, 2010


what a lovely place to visit, the photo's are fantastic, thank you for sharing with us,

10 Sep, 2010


Yes SG, the distance is amazing isn't it! It takes five and a half hours to Drive to the Isle of Skye from our house! I have been to Cullodden, only once, a long time ago now, before the new visitor centre was built. It is a very sad and eerie place, I agree. I love the cairns to represent each clan. Cawdor Castle and gardens definitely worth a visit too - next time you're up there!

10 Sep, 2010


Lovely photos of the walled garden, and there are so many different trees there. It must have been an interesting day.

10 Sep, 2010


I was born in Darnaway and brought up in Morayshire so I have been to lots of the interesting historic castles etc. We too went to Culloden before it had a visitor centre and it was not inviting to a very young family at that time. The monks came back to Pluscarden Abbey just after the war and started to rebuild it. It is a truly wonderful place. We used to go and help in the garden helping to load stones in to wheelbarrows and doing a bit of weeding. I can never remember the monks speaking to us. We just slipped in and helped then went home. We lived less than a mile away. More recently I have attended services in the chapel. We are not Catholics but it never seemed to matter which denomination you were. There was only one God and we all worshipped Him. I had a very lovely carefree childhood and we were able to wander for miles in the charge of older sibling. When I first watched the Railway Children on TV with my children I thought how similar a way of life we had. Except that there was no railway line near us. Elgin Cathedral has a very good herb garden I believe although the building is a ruin.
Inverewe has a very interesting history Hywel and we had such a good day out that my non gardening husband is planning a return trip in the Spring.

10 Sep, 2010


Fantastic!! You know, I've never been there?? with the "remote" location, am still trying to justify a trip, combined with other venues. Your blog, and pics, show just how much can survive on our West Coast, due to the warmth of the Gulf Stream. Sounds like you might be "converting" your OH!!! :-))

10 Sep, 2010


If you are in to camping David there is a very good camp site there. We met a few people who were staying there and they were very happy with the facilities. There were camper van and caravans as well as tents and although the road to Inverewe is single track in places it had plenty of passing places. OH has been converted.

11 Sep, 2010


Good!!! :-)) Many Thanks for the campsite info. Must look into this. :-))

13 Sep, 2010

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