How beautiful is this?
A classic example of ignoring the beauty on your own doorsep. Pitmuies Gardens.....about 8 miles from my house.
I last visited this beautiful garden about 25 years ago.
I'd completely forgotten how wonderful it is.
And to compound the ridiculousness of it all... I drive past it twice a day.....
How crazy is that?....
|Two walled gardens adjoin an old white-harled house which was much enlarged and altered in the 18th century. The garden walls are still as shown on an estate map of 1780 and shelter a traditional fruit and cut-flower "kitchen" garden leading to the semi-formal gardens beyond. These gardens have a mix of roses, herbaceous borders and a much celebrated summer display of delphiniums.|
Old plant varieties are treasured and there are shrubs and shrub-roses, paved areas for dianthus and violas and a lily pond with fountain central to the rose gardens. Trellises for climbers and a conservatory housing rampant passion flowers all combine to provide varied habitats for a wide collection of plants.
In Springtime there are massed spring bulb displays and outside the two gardens an "alpine meadow" leading to woodland, river and loch-side walks with some magnificent trees and intruiging buildings, which include a Gothick-style washhouse, a turreted dovecote, some 18th century farm buildings and former stabling. These have stone slate roofs and one, the potting shed, is festooned with ferns and bears the date 1775.
|History of Garden|
|The gardens seem to have evolved over time - their present appearance relates to the last century, with much additional planting and alteration by the present owners over the past 30-40 years. This was only possible because they are "domestic", rather than grand, in scale and ambience.|
Extensive restoration and repair of the house and its ancillary buildings has been undertaken and is on-going with support from Historic Scotland. Architecturally all are listed Grade A.
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