The weather forecast was for sunshine and showers for Sunday afternoon but that did not deter an impressive number of visitors viewing two gardens at Damnaglaur, near Drummore.
Just short bouts of very light rain fell in an otherwise sunny four hours during which compliments flowed at both The Homestead and Damnaglaur House.
The two gardens are very different from each other, as commented on by most of those who took leisurely wanders around them. Carol Rennison at the The Homestead has used her artistic, flower arranging talent to mix interesting shrubs into her herbaceous borders, encompassed by raised stone built beds. Unusual pots overflowing with annuals and perennials are set amongst sculptures of driftwood, shells, pebbles and other sea associated decorations. Her talents extend to the growing of luscious looking vegetables and herbs, grown in timber-sided raised beds. Numerous tables and benches are placed to enable her and her visitors to sit and enjoy the extensive views she has over Luce Bay and to the Galloway Hills. These were ideal for the many people who braved the slight breeze to enjoy the refreshments provided by Carol and her great team of helpers while others preferred softer seats and the shelter of her dining room!
Frances Collins was delighted to see the return of many people who had not seen the garden for many years, plus the arrival of many who had never visited the area before. They were very complimentary about her landscaping of a garden which had been so completely different in 1991 when she and her husband bought Damnaglaur. Its previous owner, who had been 70 at that time, returned to admire the changes and managed to get around its gravel pathways easily enough! Others made sure they took every twist, turn and steps to ensure they did not miss any of the extensive planting of shrubs and plants which has been achieved by Frances, many areas having been changed over the years. What had been a garden prominently full of vegetables and grass is now full of as many different varieties of plants as she could find, sheltered from predominant winds by Oleria, Escalonia and Pittosporum which have helped to create a micro-climate.
Carol and Frances were delighted to welcome so many garden lovers and with the donation they can now make to Scotland’s Garden Scheme, 40% of which will go to Kirkmaiden Parish Church. Frances wishes to thank all those who bought plants (many of which she dug up at the opening!) and gave so generously to the British Red Cross, in aid of the people of Nepal.