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Scottish Garden of the Season: Kailzie Gardens

December 30th 2016

December is a month filled with the festivities of Christmas and the New Year.  However January is the month of anticipation for the garden.  Our first Snowdrop usually appears towards the end of the month, when we see glorious sweeps and drifts of the common Snowdrop Galanthus hivalis and G.elewes, in the woods and along the Burnside walks.

Kailzie 2           K9

After Snowdrops come Daffodils, followed by Bluebells, a haze of Blue colour among the trees.  In contrast to the wild garden the Walled Garden is formally laid out.  Long double herbaceous borders, backed by copper hedges are a perfect foil for the groups of perennial plants.  The grass path flows on to the Laburnum walk and the vegetable garden, a mixture of both vegetable and flowers.  The Mackenzie and Moncur Victorian Greenhouses are filled with a collection of Freesias, Pelargonium’s and other tender plants.  On the lawn sits an elegant slate vase – newly created by James Parker.  The meandering island beds are planted with a variety of Shrubs and Shrub Roses, and leads to a romantic Rose Garden.  Kailzie lies some 800ft above sea level, on the north side of the valley.  With often severe frosts – we have to choose strong frost resistant Roses, Shrub Roses, Hansa, Fimbriata, Queen of Denmark, Blanc Double de Coubert, Maidens Blush Goethe, Celestial, Felicia are quite robust.  Gordons College – massed in the beds stand up to all weather conditions and are stunning.

The upper Tweed is noted for its fine tress and Kailzie has many fine ancient trees, including the old European Larch (Laxix Europe) dated 1725.

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Where: By Peebles EH45 9HT