Seasonal Update - July
After a very long period of hot weather, we have rain at last! The summer bedding is coming into its own adding colour to the garden including, antirrhinum, geraniums, lobelia, carnations, petunias, comos and marigolds. The sunflowers which are being grown for cut flowers are having to be tied in every couple of days as they are growing so quick. Whisky Mac roses are in full bloom, with a lovely scent and can be seen from the Bank Manager ensuite. On the drive there is a Eucalyptus Niphophila (planted in 2014) flowering for the first time. So the weather conditions have been favourable this year. The new rose for this year is Glenfiddich. It has started to flower but not the yellow expected so further investigations are required. The weeding still continues as no matter what the weather they continue to grow. We have lot's of birds in the garden. As the sun rises early at this time of the year so do the birds. The dawn chorus is lovely!
Highland Spirit Bed and Breakfast garden is always changing. We aim to have a least something is colour all year round. This is a challenge in Dufftown although it may be wet or very dry we also have the wind to contend with.
Snowdrops are followed by crocus, grape hyacinth, early, late and double headed tulips in a variety of colours, primroses, drumstick primula and of course not forgetting the daffodil. There are some Balvenie daffodils which flower in May.
By May providing we have not had too much snow, a late frost or the deer over indulging the perennials will be showing healthy signs of growth.
The rhododendrons are in full bloom late May and into June. New ones were planted in 2017 so an even better display is expected in the coming years.
Whisky Mac roses were planted as bare root at the end of 2016. They come into flower in July and also have a lovely sent.
Lavender and Buddleja are attracting the bees in August and September. Last year I was sure it was the same 5 bees that came back every day to the lavender in the stone trough.
Summer bedding for 2017 was petunias in black , white, purple, pink and lime green planted in half whisky barrels. A full bed of antirrhinums in red, white and yellow are excellent healthy plants, and now in full bloom thanks to the rain and sunshine!
In autumn the copper beach tree puts on a magnificent display. The dog wood loose, their leaves but leave behind red and green stems. The sedums are still flowering and when you go out first thing in the morning the bees are still sleeping on them.
In November new Spring bulbs will be planted and of course the leaves need to be gathered for leaf mould to be used in the garden in a few years time.
In December Helleborous come into flower and continue to do so for many months.
This is just a little taste of what our garden has. We hope you will be able to come and stay at Highland Spirit Bed and Breakfast and see for yourself.
The last word is left to weeds as they can be found in the garden whatever time of the year!
We hope you enjoy our garden and any tips are always welcome.
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