A big thank-you to everyone who’s rejoiced with us over the Dafter’s recent improvement. It was a pleasure to be able to bring you some good news on that front! She has had a good week, working some shifts at the charity shop, and helping out with the neighbour’s children. She also travelled into town with me on the train for the first time – she’d thought it would be underground the entire way, and was pleasantly pleased to be above ground and to discover her new neighbourhood from a different angle.
This post is about Greenbank Garden, which I visited here in Glasgow a few weeks ago. There are quite a few photos but I’ll put whatever commentary I have in the captions. I took the bus there on a Sunday afternoon, and although I hadn’t nearly reached the end of the bus line, I was amazed at how un-city-like my environs were!
The green fields of Clarkston, on the south side of Glasgow. June 2014. Greenbank Garden is about a 15-minute walk from the bus stop.
Local schools’ wheelbarrow competition. Greenbank Garden, Glasgow. June 2014.
Gate leading into the garden rooms, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.
Going through the gate into the garden rooms, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.
Looking back through the gate to Greenbank House. Glasgow, June 2014.
Perennial border, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow. June 2014.
Greenbank Garden, Glasgow. June 2014.
Pretty birdhouse, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.
Border, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow. June 2014.
Beautiful poppy, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow. June 2014.
Greenbank Garden, looking back towards the house from the end of the garden. Glasgow, June 2014.
Good use of an old carpet in a very damp path. Greenbank Garden, June 2014.
Fountain, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow. It was nice to see some teenagers visiting the garden!
Swallows on the wing in the courtyard. Greenbank House, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow. I took these photos while enjoying a cup of tea and a slice of cake from the cafe.
Swallows on the rafters near the courtyard, Greenbank House, Greenbank Garden, Glasgow.
Another part of the gardens – open in the evening! Enticing. Greenbank Garden, Glasgow. June 2014.
Honeybees at work in a field across from Greenbank House. Greenbank Garden, Glasgow. June 2014.
After ten minutes’ walk, I’m nearly back to the bus stop. Clarkston, Glasgow.
View out across Glasgow, looking towards the North-West. I believe Loch Lomond is behind the long ridge of hills, and the city centre is around to the right, out of the frame. You can see why Glasgow is called the “Dear Green Place”.
This garden reminded me not a little of Crathes Castle Gardens. I liked how enticing the various garden rooms were. For example, I could hear the tinkling noise of the fountain, could sometimes see the spout of water over the top of a hedge, and I spent a wee while searching for it. So that when I finally took the right path and found it, I felt very pleased with myself!
Now that I know the way, I will have to go back and perhaps on a day when the house is also open. I particularly enjoyed the bus trip – knitting at the front of the top deck of the double-decker bus, as you do!