During our visit to the Highlands we spent some time in Perthshire, Scotland. The draw for us was Drummond Castle, more specifically the formal gardens on the castle grounds. This was an excellent idea proposed by Lauren and Matt. I had no idea how spectacular this day would be.
Driving along Highland roads was a joy in itself. Green grass, blue sky, fluffy white clouds, rock walls, and sheep all over. The driveway leading to the castle is impressive. At least a mile long, with most of it tree-lined.
At the Drummond Castle Gardens Superadults get in for £4. I’m not sure what makes an adult super. I’d like to believe it relates to intelligence or athletic prowess, but I suspect it is merely age.
The doorbell at Drummond Castle is very old school.
The gardens are overwhelming at first. Formal gardens are not my favorite type of landscape, but they are certainly fun to visit. The precision and order were evident. The plant selection was exquisite. I saw species and cultivars I had never seen or heard of before. Very, very cool.
The garden features an obelisk sundial that was erected in 1630. You can see it in the center of the picture below.
As I walked around the garden I was like a kid in a candy store. I get that way in large gardens (and also at book sales). So much to see! I had a basic map of the grounds, with key plants identified. I walked rapidly from spot to spot, admiring and photographing plants in the large garden. My companions enjoyed the garden but played it a little cooler than me. They lounged on the grass and did some reading while I gawked at plants.I walked around the gardens and covered the entire grounds, yet there was too much to fully take-in in the hours we were there. I took many photos. I might do a separate post in the future, just to talk about the cool specimens I got to see.
I can’t possibly pick a favorite plant from the garden, but one that made a strong impression on me was Acer shirasawanum ‘Aureum’ (golden full moon maple). I usually do not like yellow foliage during the growing season (only as fall foliage), but this plant was an exception. The leaves were a brilliant yellow. Sunlight streamed through them. The green grass, blue sky, and yellow leaves were perfect together. I didn’t edit the photo below–it was that brilliant.
The Drummond Castle Gardens are a plant lover’s paradise. I’m so glad Matt and Lauren recommended them. The day spent roaming this landscape was a delight.