Yesterday Michael and I had the opportunity to go visit Crathes Castle Gardens. It lashed torrential rain on the way there, and then magically cleared up for our walk around the gardens. Everything was sparkling. And it was a red-letter day in more ways than one: the first day Michael didn’t have to work since mid-April! Hooray! Thank you all for your thoughts and prayers about our work situations; things have eased now. Here are some photos from the gardens:
The yew hedges are said to date from 1702 – amazing! Below, the white border was buzzing very loudly with bees:
The June borders were, as always, highly delightful:
I don’t know what the name of this part of the garden is, but yellow seemed to be the planting theme. Even the trees seemed a bit yellow in the sunshine!
Looking across the lawn where on my birthday visit people were playing croquet:
Another photo of the yellow-themed garden, showing the side of the castle:
As we walked around, we thought of how great it must be to visit this garden as a child. There are so many wonderful hiding places. In fact, the Dafter has been taken to Crathes Castle for school trips many times and is completely jaded by it! Not something that I can imagine…
I really like the ice house, which looks a bit like a very secure hobbit dwelling:
I suppose long ago the winters were so much colder that they would cut blocks of ice and store them here for the rest of the year. We take so much for granted in our lives – but not these beautiful gardens.