Branklyn is a wee gem of of a garden. It's about 2 acres in size and situated on the outskirts of the city of Perth. It has a high perimeter wall which shields it from the noise of the busy main road nearby.
It's been a while since we visited and usually it's earlier in the year to see the meconopsis and other himalyan plants that the garden is famous for. But we had an unexpected spell of warm weather in Scotland (thank you Portugal and Spain) so an end of season garden visit was planned.
We got to Branklyn this year just as the autumn tidy up was under way. The garden closes in October. You could tell things were winding down. The reception was closed and an honesty box was in operation. The plant sales area looked a bit empty. Netting covered the pond and autumn leaves were being gathered.
You'll be glad to hear that there is no sound with this blog .Otherwise you would be hearing the whirr of hedge cutters. What a racket! And the quiet reflective mood of an autumnal visit was shattered. They obviously didn't know it was us or I'm sure they would have stopped immediately......
So the gentle meander up and down the paths with stops to admire the view and the plants turned into a bit more of a rush than it otherwise might have done.
But the garden was stunning in all it's autumn finery.
Branklyn was built by the Rentons who acquired the site and built a house and developed a garden between 1922 and 1966. After their deaths it was left in the care of the National Trust for Scotland.
It was no mean feat building this garden on a steep hill. Large stones and scree form the base of the scree garden and had to be bought to the site. The Rentons were also lucky enough to know many of the famouse Scottish Plant hunters and received seeds from their expeditions and consequently the gardens became known for several national collections including rhododendrons and meconopsis.
Although the autumn foliage takes centre stage at this time of year, there are still late flowering plants strutting their stuff. Seed heads and berries also make an impact.
An autumn themed hemerocallis
These last few plants are not all labelled. Can anyone help with the identification, especially of the hardy geranium?