Our Garden

Slideshow pictures of our Cheshire and Aberdeen garden. Well we sold up our Aberdeen property so technically its no longer ours. Nevertheless in our hearts it will always be home.

Our Cheshire garden

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Our Aberdeen garden


21 thoughts on “Our Garden

  1. Hi Alaister: Have been a fan of your website since typing into google “Hypericum Magical Beauty” a couple of years ago. Since moving to my present home 2 years ago,we have been claiming our 20 year old overgrown garden We have gardened for many years but now are probably of your generation and want a garden we can sit in in summer do a little pottering and look at it in winter from the conservatory and still see beauty. You seem to have acheived this with your year round interest tho I know you must work very hard to keep it like this. So we are gradually putting in more evergreens along with our favourite herbacious plants and bulbs. We have appreciated info on what grows in NE. We presently live in Stonehaven and have good soil and a south west facing garden. We have retained some of the more mature shrubs and trees and turfed out the thugs so not quite a blank canvas. We will continue to monitor your blog and appreciate the photos very much. I love to see “whole gardens” as am interested in the design aspect too.

    Would it be possible some time in the future to post a plan of your garden, (I assume it is in the Leggart area)as I am demented trying to figure out where the round garden is and the pond, greenhouse etc. Call me nosey!!

    Anyhow, hope this finds you well. Looking at the photos of your wedding. It is scary I had a similar outfit and hairdo then. (Think my handbag was bigger tho) You had to fit in the supersized can of lacquer!!!) Myra will appreciate this!

    Margaret K

    PS Your blog was the entrance to a wonderful world of gardening blogs, I went from Larrys all the way round the world. I have around 40 on my favourites list but yours is at the top. Thank you.

    1. Thank you Margaret, you are very observant, I think I will call you Miss Marples. I hope you were not affected by the flooding. I will have to give garden plan a bit of thought. Well anyway, when walking through the garden gate a narrow passage leads to the decked patio area. A few steps up from there brings you to the main garden area, continue walking up the path brings you to the round garden, walk up a little further and go through another gate takes you to the woodland area. Enjoy your gardening in 2013.

  2. I now officially dislike my garden lol. Your garden is beautiful and shows the years of hard work that has gone into it.
    When you started it did you have a plan in mind or on paper or did you just decide as you went along?
    I love how enclosed your garden is, I guess this is what gives it the protection needed to grow so many lovely plants in what is considered quite a hard climate?
    I struggle with my garden because it is completely exposed, on the one hand I want to plant tall hedging to enclose it but on the other hand we have spectacular views and don’t want to lose them.
    Thank you for the tour of your beautiful gardens 🙂


    1. Linda, I would not want to lose the view you talk of. However with a lot of work I am sure you will be surprised at the garden you can create even in an exposed site.

  3. Love your beautiful garden and blog!

    Can you give me advice about when to plant tomato plugs in a greenhouse (grow bags). I’m a novice gardener. Any ideas of variety and what might be good to plant with them?

    Appreciate any tips!

    Thank you

  4. What are the red flowers in your front garden please? they look stunning. I have clay soil and my front garden is very sunny all day when the sun shines? Are they suitable for clay soil?
    Thankyou so much

    1. Hello Hilary
      The red flowers are Begonia Flamboyant. Tubers have to be started off in the greenhouse and then planted out when danger of frost has passed. I am sure the soil would be fine with garden compost added. Begonias are generally happiest in semi shade, Flamboyant can tolerate full sun.

  5. Hello Alistair,
    Got onto your site via a Google search for Abies koreana, an evergreen recommended by Alan Titchmarsh in his ‘how to garden’ series (Garden Design). What a lovely garden you have. Looking at your pictures was a joy and inspiration. At the moment I am looking for ideas for small evergreen trees and found the examples from your garden pictures helpful. Many thanks. Back to gardening in Dalgety Bay!

  6. Dear Alistair,
    What beautiful gardens you have and truly an inspiration. I am a complete novice knowing really nothing about gardening but am keen to learn!

    Would you mind telling me the names of the beatiful purple and pink plants (shrubs?) pictured in one of the ‘autumn photos’? It is the photo where there is also a black garden lantern (or is it a birdhouse?).

    Do you think I could buy and plant them now and they would survive?


    1. Hi Natalie.
      One of them is the Acer Aconitifolium which has green leaves and they then turn the shade which you see in the Autumn. The other is one of the red leaved cherry trees which name eludes me at the moment, garden centre would keep you right. Good time for planting at the moment.

  7. Thank you so much for your reply. Was at the garden centre today and saw so many beautiful types of Acer (as well as many other beautiful plants) so spoilt for choice really. Like many others , I will be sure to follow your webpage and blogs regularly!
    Best wishes,

  8. Hi Guys!

    Writing to you from King City outside of Portland, Oregon.
    Stunning gardens whether in the shade or in the sun. I have a lot to look at so will get back to your garden and keep looking for ideas to plant and landscape. Excellent Garden! I have some work still to do. One day it will look like yours.
    Kind regards,
    Joe 🙂

  9. Have just discovered your wonderful site, as a novice gardener I was grateful for help with astrantia and propogation, then I discovered your most helpful tip oc growing corydalis and now know why mine has disappeared, looking at your garden I se that you are using box to give your beds winter stucture this is something I will need to copy,
    How you find time to write, photograph, and garden is amazing! May I ask if the photo is of your Aberdeen garden or your new one? of course you have gained tremendous experience over the years and in the true spirit of gardeners you share your knowledge.

    I am collecting Irish snowdrops for a particular section in our garden ans am most fortunate to be gardening in Kildare, naturally I have acquired galanthus Kildare, Straffan, Imbloc (celtic for spring) and many others.will move on to Irish narcissus for next spring.
    Many thanks for your wonderful site I hope to be a regular visitor in future

    Your in gardening,

    Anne Love

  10. Hello Alister,
    Thank you for taking time to reply, what a shame you cannot participate on t, v programme after all your hard work in Aberdeen garden, I look forward to seeing progress of Cheshire garden, as I said I am a novice by comparison but find other gardeners so generous with advice and cuttings, my mentor is a wonderful woman in her late eightys, she has given me plants thatdid not do for her, I have been able to replace hers from mine and so the cycle continues.

    We moved to this site 18 yrs ago however I had a full time job and family to care for so gardening was way down on list of to do, we did plant trees which I really enjoy so we have a woodland area of c, 1/4of an acre, Now retired I started clearing area 6 years ago, am also novice I, pad user/photograpger, but will try to forward some pictures taken today, It’s my favourite area in garden, the primroses are very dear to me as it was our mothers pet name, my husband sees no beauty in them,
    I will follow the progress of your new garden, and hope to learn more from this wonderful site,

    Anne Love

  11. Alistair, I have scrolled through the pics of your gardens, and I must tell you that you are truly gifted as a plantsman. Your gardens are stunning.

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