We try to get to the gardens at Crathes Castle, just a short drive to the west of Aberdeen, every June. Yesterday was the day in June that we were able to go – and it was pouring with rain! However, this did not deter us. While the Dafter and her friend were sensibly relaxing in the cafe, Michael and I took turns enjoying the garden. Needless to say, it was not crowded. Although it was raining fairly heavily, the colours at 4:30 pm were surprisingly vivid. But I want to start outside the garden, just to show you how amazingly clear the air is in Aberdeenshire – look at the lichen on this tree!
The gardens at Crathes are famous for their “June borders” – and justly so, in my opinion. This path leading down to the “doocot” (dovecote) is like a slice of Monet’s garden at Giverny:
Here is the more popular view, taken from in front of the doocot, looking up towards the castle:
I like the little rivulet of water running down the path! The garden has several “rooms” and several levels. Here is a view from the upper part of the garden:
Outside the walled garden there’s a woodland garden, but it was so wet that I didn’t venture through this tempting gate:
One of the other famous features of the garden is the yew hedges, which are said to date back to the 17th century. They really are quite amazing – and there are a lot more of them than just the ones in this photo:
And finally, because I’m sure you’re dying to know what I’ve been knitting, and because my new lacy cardigan perfectly matches all the damp green:
Thank you to everyone who kindly left a comment on the Dafter’s recent post. She really enjoyed writing it, and replying to the comments. I wish you all a very good start to your week!