Applecross walled garden is an old garden 1675 (!) which is undergoing a new renovation project, which is a remarkable feat of gardening - the committment to this garden is clear to see when you step through the door. These type of walled gardens are quite common on Scottish Estates, I've been lucky enough to work in a couple myself - great places to learn your trade in! More about the garden and its development here
The walkways leads to the cafe/restaurant at the bottom of the most beautiful scented walk down through roses, nepeta, geraniums and many other delights, the scent was truly heavenly.
And, from the look of the potting shed cafe window, the foods as heavenly too! You don't get that many awards without being seriously good at what you do, yum yum! And, a serious emphasis on local produce too...............probably why they've so many awards, that and all the hard work!
Great benches and effects about the place, clearly made from local material too - very nice to see improvisation in benches and beds along the way through the garden.
And, very nicely quite dog friendly too - and we met more than a few dogs (all very well behaved) in the garden too, that's nice then isn't it, alot of gardens don't let dogs into them, while I can see why, to be honest, most folk know that they have to be respectful of other gardens and therefore dogs being allowed to come in and not stay in the car is quite nice.
The garden is a great mixture of herbaceous perennials, herbs, edibles and fruits adorning the walls of the garden, which I guess was always the purpose of a walled garden anyway, to be productive and comprehensive. And, of course if I haven't had enough of a time weeding out ladies mantle from garden gravel I've been working in, there we go more of it again, its a really useful plant, going bonkers in the Scottish climate, but very useful for both the border and as a cut flower, so you can forgive it the tenacity it shows. Fruit trees, crocosmia's, euphorbias and ladies mantle adding to the riot of late summer colour.
What I like about walled gardens is that the variation of interest you get, abundant flowers and scents with fruits and veggies all often on prime display too and Applecross garden certainly didn't disappoint me, I like looking at vegetables and I love when they are displayed. The nice thing here too as well as railway sleepers the raised beds were also made from whole trees or thinnings during felling, more local material, very well used. And, don't the onions look great all like little soldiers? Persuading Peedie (the not very well behaved garden dog) that climbing on the bed was not allowed, was a whole other conversation........but we did manage to leave their beds alone!
Lovely edges of box with beds of veggies all nicely shown off, I did like this.
And, old benches tucked into the orchard which was clearly being rennovated - I wonder how many folk have sat on that bench and looked at the apple trees?
Further around the garden more herbaceous planting and ambles over to a nice little fun 'folly' - tucked into the wall.
The Love Boat, how very funny and lovely - well, nothing else for it when away for a weekend on your own, off we went to sit in the love boat! Seemed rude not too really!
Inside a lovely little sign, very sweet! I like garden follies, even little ones, they smack of fun and not taking yourself too seriously.
Ok, we even attempted the random, couple shot, however, I'm not very good at taking pictures so thankfully only Mr Flowers was captured! And, a handsome devil he is too! You can almost see my hat, but not quite, its such a fun photo though I thought I'd put it in, hello Mr F! My best photographic side is my wellies, which were unfortunately absent from this trip (travelling light on the ferry) I'll bring them next time!
Ahem, right, love boat swiftly invaded by Peedie, so off to explore more, the right hand side of the garden is more productvie and raised beds galore, my favourite kind of garden...............what have they got growing in there I wondered, off to explore.
This bit did use railway sleepers, I do like them, I love the formality they give you and the structure whilst being very productive little beds, one day, in a garden of mine, the scene will not be very unlike this, can I put a walled garden on my future house checklist (*Mr Flowers has now choked to death*), um perhaps not a walled garden, but I will have raised beds like these, with nice veggies to boot. Fingers crossed!
Calendula and lettuce all sit happily by each other, nice to see them - I do like the formality of these plantings..........
I rather liked the labelling too, often this is hard to get right in a garden but this worked quite well I think................all the veggies and herbs were nicely named, very helpful indeed.
And that Red Russian Kale is going to be lovely later in the winter I think. What a great little amble around a garden we had, and of course, with that quality of a tea room, be rude not to have a cuppa too, and a bit of cake/shortbread. Each table had a sweet little watering can filled with flowers and herbs from the border. No pictures of cakes and tea, too busy scoffing I'm afraid!
A great place to visit if you're in the area, as you do, when adventuring in the North West of Scotland - garden is free but donations are welcomed - the project is truly inspring and the garden full of helpful, complimentary planting ideas. Lots of inspriation about planting and local food/flowers.
Oh, I see they also do lunches, dinners and um weddings.........................food for thought indeed!