Nesting between the North Deeside Road and the old railway line lies the most wonderful garden. It is set a long way from the road so you would never know it was there – unless of course you walk, run or cycle along the old railway line and then you may have gazed longingly into the bottom of the garden wondering what was beyond.
The garden was created in the late 1980s when Patti sold her house and created three new building plots from the available land. With the help of a good architect she designed and built a new house and created the garden on the area that used to be her fruit orchard and vegetable patch.
Because of the nature of the landscape, the garden was actually built before the house was constructed. Fundamental to the design of this sloping garden are huge granite boulders, most of which were found on the plot itself. These have a tendency to become covered in moss, but Patti likes to scrub them clean to show off the granite at its best. She has quite a task ahead of her. Any volunteers?
At the back of the house is a patio area which falls away into a rockery .
To the left of the house the ground starts to slope away rapidly. . .
And we find ourselves walking down a grassy path between rhododendrons and azaleas.
At the bottom of the path is the most delightful burn which runs the length of the garden.
Looking right from the path,
And looking left down towards the bottom of the garden.
The burn is everything you could want it to be – it is difficult to imagine you are only ten minutes from the centre of Aberdeen and not somewhere way out in the country.
The steep slope at the far side of the burn belongs to Patti’s neighbour, Elspeth. Patti was so pleased when Elspeth bought the house next door and transformed the rather wild slope into a beautiful area with rhododendrons, acers and irises while clearing the ground to allow the existing wild flowers to flourish. Here, at the right time of year, you can see swathes of snowdrops, bluebells and wild garlic and I am sure a lot more besides.
Moving further to the bottom of the garden,
And finally looking back up the garden from the bottom.
You can see what a magical garden this is, especially down by the burn. Thank you so much, Patti, for sharing it with me.