Seasonal Notes At Glenwhan, A Garden For All Seasons!
Below are some seasonal notes from Glenwhan Gardens. Whatever the season, there is a great variety of rare and first class plants at Glenwhan Gardens,Arboretum & Tearoom. Add to the array of colour and form the wind-borne scents of the plants and flowers and the result is a delight for the senses. With our close proximity to Luce Bay and Loch Ryan, the hues and colours of the sky are also constantly shifting and changing with the rise and fall of the sun and the ebb and flow of the tides – this is a great area for the artist and photographer.
Seasonal Notes – March – April
March – April is a perfect time for the early species Rhododendrons, setting off the Daffodils, and the Erythroniums and Trilliums in the new woodland garden. Skunk cabbage and Caltha grow close to the waters edge, while Magnolia stellata is the first of several species which will flourish till July.
Seasonal Notes – May – June
This is the time for the blue Meconopsis and the Asiatic Primulas and the stunning display of Olearia x scilloniensis and O. cheesemanii. June brings the many forms of Cistus, x Halimiocistus, Abutilon vitifolium and Irises in great diversity and including the dwarf I. innominata and I. setosa in various colour forms. Below; Telopea mongaensis endemic of S. Australia.
Seasonal Notes – July
July is the month for the profusion of Glenwhan Garden’s Roses; Crinodendron hookerianum (above) and the unusual white-flowers C. patagua, both from Chile; ‘Beauty Bush’ – Kolkwitzia amabilis and a host of clematis growing through various shrubs. In particular a large white-flowered Clematis growing through Magnolia stellata giving an extension of white flowers well into the summer. Hoheria is best during this month, as is Escallonia iveyi and beloved of a host of butterflies.
Seasonal Notes – August
August is the month for Hydrangeas which came from Michael Haworth-Booth and do produce a stunning display when the Rhododendrons have finished. The tall
H. sargentiana with its large almost leathery leaves and purple flowers, grows to 3m high while the shorter H. quercifolia with its white flower heads set amid oak-like leaves is equally impressive. During the month H. aspera Villosa Group comes into its own , as does H. paniculata ‘White Moth’ and ‘Burgandy Lace’ with burgandy coloured stems and more compact panicles of white flowers to offer colour variations. H. macrophylla ‘Madame Emile Mouillere’, a striking white cultivar, contrasts well with the very dark blue of H. macrophyll a ‘Marechal Foch’ in the acid soil. This is also the time for Crocosmia to produce its display and the blue Agapanthus.
Seasonal Notes – September –
September is the month for the white flowers of several species of Eucryphia; the vanilla-scented Clethra barbinervis; the honey scent from a host of colourful cultivars of Buddleia davidii, the hybrid B.x weyeriana attracting a great fluttering of peacock butterflies; and also the toad lillies – Tricyrtis especially the T. fomonsana.
Seasonal Notes –October –
October is for the Nerine bowendii, carpets of Polygonum vacciniifolium, autumn colours and berries to attract the winter migrants and the lovely reflections on the ponds on these crisp sunny days that are experienced in Galloway.
Seasonal Notes – Winter –
The Gardens are open between end of October – 1st April, entrance is by Honesty Box.
Be aware paths may be slippery! However, at this time of year, Glenwhan takes on a whole new visual dimension, ideal for photographers and artists. Also, the snow allows for a glimpse of tracks left by visiting and resident wildlife.
“This (Glenwhan Gardens) is certainly a garden for all seasons with an incredible diversity of plants. It has taken 20 years of hard work by Tessa and Bill to produce this garden of outstanding character and it is a joy to visit. Perhaps the statue of the Florentine Medici Boar – it is a symbol of fertility – in the centre of the garden has helped. The landscape has certainly been transformed; just look over the boundary fence to see what they have already achieved!” ~ Bob Mitchell. Emeritus Curator, St Andrew’s Botanic Garden.