Garden Portrait: Glamis Castle Walled Garden

Glamis Castle lies in Angus, Scotland and is probably best known as the childhood home of the Queen Mother (Lady Elizabeth Bowes Lyon). At the age of four her father inherited the Earldom of Strathmore and Kinghorne and with it Glamis Castle and the family spent some of their time there.

It is the setting for Shakespeare’s Macbeth and is referred to several times in the play: – “Glamis thou art” “and yet woulds’t wrongly win: thou’dst have great Glamis”. It is widely believed that Duncan was murdered here by Macbeth.

Today it looks more like a French Chateau having been extensively renovated in the 17th and 18th centuries.

The walled garden is reached via a short walk through the estate alongside the Nature Trail and Pinetum.

Once used as a fruit and vegetable garden for the castle it fell into disrepair and only recently has major redevelopment work started, including the installation of a spectacular fountain.

Even in late September the garden was full of colour. Roses were still blooming.

The wide gravel pathways radiate from the centre of the garden with deep herbaceous borders on either side. Sedums, monarda, heleniums, echinacea, rudbeckia and asters were dominant.

Trellises and pergolas were still covered in flowering roses and clematis and more dramatic colour can be seen in the brightly painted Japanese bridge and the vivid red door in the wall.

Naturally I was drawn to the lean-to Victorian style glasshouses, which appear to still require a lot of work. However, the dilapidation has a charm of its own.

Next time we’ll have a wander around the Italian Garden.

IF YOU ENJOY A WALK, LONG OR SHORT, THEN HAVE A LOOK AT JO’S SITE WHERE YOU ARE WELCOME TO JOIN IN WITH HER MONDAY WALKS.

Advertisements

28 Comments Add yours

  1. What a surprise to see the castle shaped thusly. And as always tour garden photos are great – because you love gardens (and because you’re a good photographer).

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Heyjude says:

      We really enjoyed the house tour too. Such a comfy place, saggy old sofas etc. You could imagine a huge family gathering there.

      Like

  2. restlessjo says:

    Love all those drooping daisies in such a glorious swathe of colour, Jude. The walled garden reminds me very much of Wynyard Hall, up here, which has been recently restored. No charming old glasshouses though. All trendy new stuff. This was a nice surprise this wet and dreary morning, so thank you very much. 🙂 🙂
    We’re back to Leeds later today to do last bits and bring a glass topped coffee table and huge TV home. 😦

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Heyjude says:

      He’s a lucky lad that he has such accommodating parents! I’m not a fan of huge TVs – they dominate a room – but must admit watching tennis on a 20″ one is somewhat challenging!

      Like

      1. restlessjo says:

        House now looks like a bomb’s dropped with the influx of his stuff. I shall be reaching for the wine glass soon. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Heyjude says:

          A familiar scene with me! Though at the moment we are pretty much sorted.

          Liked by 1 person

  3. So many beautiful flowers. Every time I see echinacea I think I must grow some in our garden.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Heyjude says:

      They are lovely.

      Like

  4. J & D > This is exactly what we miss most about the mainland. Thanks for bringing it to us!

    Like

    1. Heyjude says:

      You are most welcome. Nice to know that people enjoy the post 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  5. Tish Farrell says:

    Brimming with late summer magic, Jude.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Heyjude says:

      It was indeed Tish. A welcoming sight.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. Anabel Marsh says:

    Beautiful – I’ve never been to Glamis.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Heyjude says:

      It’s very interesting, I even enjoyed the house tour.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Gorgeous garden and I love the red door! What a lovely contrast

    Like

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes, the red door is lovely.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. rusty duck says:

    September can be a lovely month in Scotland, as your photos show!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Heyjude says:

      It certainly was last year.

      Like

  9. Joanne Sisco says:

    The gardens and flowers are lovely, but the castle itself has captured my heart. Oh my. SO. MANY. TURRETS!!!

    I think I’m in love.

    Like

  10. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I always admire, gardeners who manage to keep a garden going so beautifully, late in the season. Of course having a good budget helps! The daisy shape plants in September are some of favourites too. Excellent photos Jude 🙂

    Like

    1. Heyjude says:

      Daisy-like plants are lovely aren’t they and so many different ones. I discovered a new plant in the parking area yesterday – small daisy heads on quite delicate leaves, but about 30cm tall. I need to get a photo!

      Like

  11. BeckyB says:

    Beautiful…my Mum would love it. Maybe a trip to take her on one of these days x

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Heyjude says:

      She’d probably love the inside too. We did, interesting tales about the Royals 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      1. BeckyB says:

        Oh it sounds perfect for her…..I’ll investigate tours for her ☺

        Liked by 1 person

  12. French chateau indeed! I’d heard of the castle, but that’s not what I imagined it looked like. What a lovely garden. 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not what we imagined either and inside is much more homely than you might expect.

      Like

Likes are nice, but comments spark a conversation...

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s