Scottish inspiration 1: Cambo Gardens

34 thoughts on “Scottish inspiration 1: Cambo Gardens”

  1. Ooh Cathy, what a belter of a garden! Thanks so much for sharing. It’s going straight on to my ‘to visit’ list.
    Did you see my posts about Sussex Prarie Garden last year? The naturalistic planting at Cambo reminded me of there. Sadly, not very handy from Scotland, but in my view well worth a visit if you’re anywhere close.

    1. You really should go! And, now that I am trying to get back into the blogging ‘swing’ I shall hasten over to your blog and have a look at the Sussex Prairie Garden. Thanks so much for commenting, and apologies for my late reply!

  2. That is my sort of garden too. Oh if it were so easy to maintain on a steep hill! I think the mower would struggle a bit.. I’ve just planted the droopy white sanguisorba, lovely to see how it will look.. I hope.

    1. You are right – a mower would struggle on both your hill and mine! But I do use the strimmer on slopes, so that might substitute. I particularly noticed a white sanguisorba at Cambo – it’s a must-have plant (I have none of that genus here so far!). Apologies for my late reply to your kind comment – a funny summer.

  3. What an inspirational garden.Stunning at this time of year but what does this sort of garden look like in spring and early summer, I wonder? I love sanguisorba and veronicastrum too. So many lovely plants.

    1. Thanks Chloris. A good point about spring and early summer. I think they probably have allowed for them – although I didn’t read anything about bulbs etc. Since I usually go back in early May to Scotland (late this year), I shall visit again and report back. So sorry to have been so long responding to your kind comment. I am trying to back track and thank everyone who’s been kind about the Cambo post.

  4. I wasn’t aware of your Scottish roots – do tell me more… Good to see all those lovely photos of Cambo – although it seems as if they have made changes since I was there and there are parts I don’t remember seeing, like the stream area and the herbaceous and box edged borders. How strange – could I have missed them? Trifofolium is on my list for next year, although perhaps I should get seed and start now. It is interesting to hear what things you can’t get in France – we ought to remember that when we gleefully talk about our UK purchases!

    1. I’m so sorry to have been so late replying, Cathy. I think the stream has probably been in place for some time – but I could be completely wrong. It runs under one of the glasshouses (rather unusually) and perhaps they decided to ‘let it rip’ across the centre of the garden when they were doing their more recent renovations. It seems that Christina and I suffer from the same problems re gardening materials and plants. It is difficult not to feel envious. Even when I visit the little garden centre near my mum’s village of Comrie (in Perthshire) I see a million things I would love to bring home. But there are compensations (just not gardening ones!). I hope to participate in the Monday vase again sometime soon. See you then!

      1. Did you bring any plants back with you…? My Mum (on a small Scottish island) is always in awe of the large supermarkets that we take for granted here – like the choice of bread, for example. Do you look at eBay for gardening tmaterials as well as plants and seeds? Many of those could probably be sent abroad and it’s a great way to access things you don’t otherwise know where to buy

      2. I am only just beginning to look at eBay for plants – and actually it was as a result of something you yourself wrote ages ago about snowdrops! I now have a small group of nurseries, mostly French, that I’m buying from by mail order – I keep meaning to add them somewhere on the blog as useful info for anyway newer to gardening in France. I tuck bits and pieces from my Mum’s garden into my suitcase when I come back, but so far haven’t dared do that with bought plants … next time!

      3. I am glad you are finding some suitable French nurseries. By the way, eBay sellers are not always individuals and many small businesses, including nurseries, also sell on eBay and you can restrict your search just to sellers in France (well, you can restrict it to UK sellers, so I assume it will be the same for you)

  5. little did I know that gardening in Scotland I have to do without ‘horticultural grit, decent propagating containers, perlite, interesting herbaceous perennials – oh, and interesting shrubs.’ vermiculite I think I can get but I’ve never used it, so perhaps it not the country but region of the countries we live in! this morning I wanted to buy some drip trays so I can get more pots on my windowsills, I could not get any, I’ve searched online since coming home and so far not luck, no one will send north of the central belt!

    hmm perhaps Catherine doesn’t like onions and fresh veg, you can’t eat grass, for me as much as I love ornamental plants the veg would come first, but then I guess people would not pay to see veg growing and if you are running a business, the customer is always right, Fife has clearly had better weather than the north west, for a garden like this it would depend on where you are in Scotland, maybe you should live in west France where the climate would be more temperate, Cathy you confuse me you chose to live in France but prefer, Scotland and Canada,

    nice inspirational flower beds, thanks for sharing, Frances

  6. I do just as you do Cathy; I’ve brough vermiculite home in my luggage on several occasions although I have seen it on line now and will that that. Plants are often tucked into the luggage – once I went to the plant fair at Courson and all my luggage was plants! I also try to squeeze garden visits in if I can when back in the UK. I had imagined that France would be better provided for than Italy as the French are quite keen gardeners now (but obviously not keen enough). But we live where we live and make the best of things!

    1. Many apologies, Christina, for my incredibly late reply. We just got all bound up in other things. I think maybe I shall try sticking plants in my luggage too – I have odds and ends of things from my mother’s garden that I’ve imported that way. I think the problem is just the area of France. We are far away from the wealth and glitz! Which has it’s good side, after all?

    1. Thanks so much Anca – and sorry to be so late replying – I find August not a very inspiring gardening month. And then in September it just gets busy again.

  7. A wonderful looking garden, and just a few miles from where I live. Lucky me! Thanks for the heads-up and interesting write-up. How can the French not have horticultural grit? Clearly a niche in the market waiting to be cornered. Perhaps you could start a British Garden Trading Company of some sort and introduce all these British gardening essentials to the French. You might make a fortune.

    1. Sorry for my exceptionally late reply – I’ve decided to leave the Scottish gardens for when I need to look at lovely pictures in the rain! Meanwhile – thanks so much for commenting! Hoping to take part in Cathy’s meme again sometime soon.

  8. Beautiful house and garden, wonderful plants and colours, great photos – now looking forward to the rest of the Scottish series!

    1. I have not touched my blog for ages, so am late replying. Thanks so much for leaving another encouraging comment! I hope to get back in the swing during this autumn.

  9. Snowdrops and then this delight in summer. What a combination! I would love to see this myself and I can understand its impression on you.
    I’m fortunate in that I’ve never had access to much of the “good stuff” so being here in the middle of a horticultural desert doesn’t bother me much. But I am lucky to have several great gardens within a few hour’s travel!
    Enjoy your trip

    1. How interesting about your ‘horticultural desert!’ I thought you had to live in deepest France to experience that! It can be hard for someone from the UK – we are spoiled for choice there. Sorry I am so late replaying!

  10. [J+D] Lucky though we are with having a wonderful place to live, and plenty of interesting and rewarding things to do, it is very very difficult to get away at all. What we crave are beautiful gardens, and lovely buildings! We look forward to more reports of inspirational travellings!

    1. Hi Janna – I am very slow to respond to comments at the moment, for which I apologise. I am a little irregular in my blogging (too big a garden!) But I hope you’ve found enough to interest you and bring you back! Thanks for visiting.

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