Seasonal Update - April 2020
At Highland Spirit we are "Staying at Home". A number of projects are well under way in the garden. Alistair has completed Phase 1 & 2 clearing and preparing the ground ready for Phase 3 planting when the weather warms up. The rockery near guest parking is being cleared and rockery extended. Compost bins in the bottom of the garden have been repaired and general sort out. We have some early tulips also in flower. Every day depending on the part of the garden something is has come into bloom. Crocus are flowering in different parts of the garden including the main drive. The weeds are not too bad at the moment but a little bit of sunshine and they will increase overnight. Last week we saw and adult butterfly which had over wintered out enjoying some sunshine. Bees are also out and about on the warmer days. There is still the occasional snow shower! The birds are nest building at the moment so bird feeders empty quicker then usual. We have seen a pair of Goldfinches this week while enjoying coffee and homemade biscuits.
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 is often petunias and antirrhinums lasting well to the first frost.
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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