Friday, 16 September 2016

Remarkable Trees - Part 2





Looking towards the 18th century Palladian style mansion over what was once a formal garden.
When viewed from the house the monolith was intended to draw the eye out to the
landscape beyond - also controlled by design.

This beautiful estate has been owned by the same family since the 1500s .
The house and grounds are open on designated days in summer.








Young Lime avenue .....




Oak,Chestnut and Beech probably planted about the time the present house was built ..... 




Beech .....




Trees in the designed landscape date from 1700 onward  .....








Tree species include Beech,Larch,Oak,Sycamore .....




Douglas Fir,Giant Redwood,Noble Fir .....



Yew,Cedar of Lebanon,Holly .....



Monkey Puzzle,Sweet Chestnut,Silver Fir .....




North American firs were introduced to Scotland by Scottish botanist and plant collector
 David Douglas, after whom the Douglas Fir is named.
In 1827 the first Douglas Fir seed was germinated on Drumlanrig estate where the tree still stands.
Soon seedlings were planted on country estates around Britain.

Douglas's explorations were done over a ten year period mostly in the Pacific North West of Canada
 and the United States. He died while plant hunting in Hawaii in 1834,aged 35.







Estate farmland .....

















Harebells .....





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Thursday, 8 September 2016

Remarkable Trees - Part 1





Louise and I are off time travelling again  -
and are on our way to visit trees on a country estate.
We enter by an avenue lined with magnificent lime trees planted in 1824.





Beautiful ethereal cloud formations .....





Mature lime tree .....




More beautiful clouds ..... 





Lime fruits .....










Dried flowers still cling to the stems.

Lime (Linden) blossom honey has been popular for thousands of years,it has a unique
flavour and is said to have specific medicinal properties ....











Black face sheep graze in fields behind the trees .....














The William Adam house,built in the early 1700s is surrounded by landscaped park lands .....




To be continued .....



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Saturday, 27 August 2016

Beautiful Thistles





The Cotton Thistle or Scots Thistle grows throughout the world and is well known
 as the National Flower of Scotland. The origins of this choice of emblem are
shrouded in mystery. Legend has it that it dates from the time of
King Alexander III (1249-1286) although the first evidence of
official use was on a James III silver coin in 1470.

Since then thistles have adorned everything from royal coats of arms to T-shirts.






In the past the plant has been used as food and medicine -
and cotton from the seed heads gathered for stuffing pillows and mattresses ....






Thistles seem to flourish where ever they land ....





On moorland  ....





Beside a hilltop lochan (small loch or lake) ....





Moorland high above Loch Tay  -  in the distance Ben Lawers and her siblings beautify the skyline ....





Maddy with Schiehallion (Fairy Hill of the Caledonians) in the background.

Part of Schiehallion is now owned and protected by the John Muir Trust.
It looms over the eastern end of Rannoch Moor - the legendary moor often mentioned in tales of past times.

In the 18th century this mountain was the subject for the Astronomer Royal's experiment in "weighing the world".
You can find out more  ...  HERE  ...  for anyone interested in the subject it's worth reading!






James III silver coins - 1470 





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