Monday, October 27, 2014

A Hidden (and Haunted?) Highland Garden


Happy Monday, all. Have you seen any goblins or ghosts in your neighborhood yet this Halloween week? After days of steady rain and wind, I'm afraid that we will soon be haunted by the ghosts of late summer and early fall blooms - our dahlias, roses and hydrangeas seem to be on their last legs, leaving only a fragrant memory in their wake.


I think their spirits very well may go to rest at Inverlochy Castle in the Scottish Highlands, where a walled garden built in 1604 lies hidden on the hotel grounds. Although today it's a working operation, serving up herbs and vegetables to the restaurant's Michelin starred table, there is something of the old, hidden haunt to it's allées and rows... it's easy to believe that the ghosts of summers past still wander there...









As early fall winds down and we prepare for the colder months ahead, it's nice to know that at least in our memories, there are hydrangeas and dahlias that will continue to bloom and color our imaginations!

Have fun this last week of October, everyone! Here's hoping that beauty haunts you in the best possible way! XOXO

16 comments:

  1. Jeanne, your photos are striking! This has been a remarkable growing season and it seems as if even the flowers want to live longer to tell stories of October nights, a thrill they usually don't have to share. But flowers that usually are gone by now are witnessing the haunts of the season, and it is beautiful.

    I am loving following your travel paths! Enjoy a beautiful new week, Anita

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    1. Thanks so much, Anita. I'm glad you've enjoyed a long growing season this year. We lucked out with warmth and sun well into the first of October, but for the past couple weeks the rain has come back with a vengeance and the flowers are definitely drooping now. I'll miss them!

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  2. What fabulous photos Jeanne. I have not visited Inverlochy Caslte yet; your photos have me longing to go. It's 175 miles away and would be well worth the journey. I miss the love of Halloween as we have it in the states. I am the only person on our block with pumpkins out. Have a lovely week and may your Friday be extra spooky!!

    Cheers,
    Deb

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    1. Hi Deb, You should definitely visit Inverlochy! It's gorgeous. The surrounding countryside is lovely, with Ben Nevis hovering in the background. Good for you for keeping the spirit of Halloween alive in your new home. Here's to happy haunting! XOXO

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  3. Those flowers are so like fireworks that it makes me think it is the Fourth of July and not Halloween that is approaching! So very beautiful, as always Jeanne.
    Wishing you a wonderful week ahead...

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    1. Thanks Heather, Hope your week is gorgeous, too! XOXO

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  4. Bonjour Jeanne. What a lovely garden. I needed to see all those colors after the dreadful weekend we just had. Not surprisingly, Woodinville suffered another power outage. 27 hour-long to be precise. Hope you fared better on the other side of the lake! Anyway, just wanted to tell you the new French Girl in Seattle website is up - with Coco the Frenchie as the main star. Everyone LOVES her. I gave credit where credit is due. Thank you again. It's been lovely meeting you in person and working with you on this project. Bonne semaine! Veronique (http://frenchgirlinseattle.com)

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  5. How pretty and unexpected to see flowers in such full bloom.....gorgeous! Beautiful garden and only thing i hate about fall is seeing the flowers and trees go on hiatus for a long time:( So that must have been a welcome sight!

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  6. And to you to Jeanie, what an incredible trip you had to Scotland, thank you for continuing to share your experience. I hear there was quite a storm in Seattle last weekend! crazy. Though you wouldn't know it from my blog, I'm over in Eze, where it's been non stop sunshine, kind of looking forward to a little cloud cover. xo, ebb

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  7. YOUR FLOWER PICS are THE BEST!!!!!!!!!!Why does my garden NEVER look like this!Could be its just me verses a few HEAD GARDENERS!How is your garden coming along..............??DO TELL!XO

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  8. I kind of love and kind of dread Halloween - all the candy my little guy will wan to sample and we are in a great neighborhood for trick-or-treating. It's a BUSY night. So, good and bad.

    Love all the ghosts of flowers past....and I have to smile whenever I spy a thistle!

    Hope you have a boo-tiful week!!!
    xoxo Elizabeth

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  9. o my lord, those blooms. they butter my biscuit and then some. thank you for so much cheerful color and commentary. you're the best!

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