The Mull of Galloway, as I mentioned in my last post, is gently warmed by the Gulf Stream and therefore lends itself to gardens. Being enthusiastic gardeners and fans of Gardeners World we sought inspiration in the region's horticultural highlights. But, at least from my point of view, it turned into something more like social commentary.
Glenwhan is the garden of Tessa Knott who, with her husband in 1974, bought a chunk of Scotland over the phone without ever having seen it. They moved in to the dilapidated farm house with its herd of cattle and bleak moorland aspect and, whilst he set about making the place habitable and eking a living from the farm, Tess set about carving a 12 acre garden among the rock and bracken.
You rather get the feeling that the landscape has inhabited her as opposed to the other way round. A feeling reinforced by the sight of her scratching around in the stony earth to remove weeds - a reassuring sight for gardeners also struggling in adverse conditions. Not only was she willing to scratch around but was also willing to stop, chat, give advice and find us a potted cutting of a particular shrub we liked.
I know which I preferred!