It's a murky grey day in Toronto today, so aside for doing some prep work on hors d'oeuvres for tomorrow's soiree, it's a good time to pull a chair up to the hearth and go back through photos from this year. The travel highlight of the year was 3 weeks back in Scotland to visit my family in mid-summer. They were having a particularly cool, wet summer, and so the gardens were not in absolutely peak condition, but coming from the furnace-like conditions of a Toronto summer, it was a wonder to me to see such lush, green abundance everywhere. Nowhere was that more appreciated than on a trip to Pitmedden Gardens, on a particularly action packed castle-viewing day. We had a nice, relaxed stroll through the beautiful parterres, and finished off with an absolutely delicious cup of tea on the terrace. I was particularly delighted by the French chateau-like towers at the corners of the huge protecting walls, the bee-skeps in little niches in the wall to protect the occupants from the elements, and an absolute abundance of espaliers.
|The protecting walls around the parterres are covered in espaliers - apples and pears|
|The hedges looked beautiful, although the scars of a couple of harsh winters were evident|
|A system of large nylon nets provides near invisible, and highly effective, staking for all the herbaceous perennials|
|Bee skeps are housed in wall niches|
|magnificent parterres at Pitmedden|