Woodhouselee: a private Scottish garden, and its remarkable owners...
|Dr, Carole Bainbridge|
|Julia Corden (left), Dr. Ian Bainbridge (center) and Dr. Carole Bainbridge (right)|
|Arisaema cf. consanguineum|
|Closeup of Arisaema propinquum|
|One of many wonderful combinations at Woodhouselee--I could have photographed a dozen vistas like this.|
|Trough with a variety of cushions|
|Closeup of Dactylorhiza purpurealla in a mat of Erigeron scopulinus|
|Another glimpse of troughs, and orchids|
|More Bulbinella hookeri|
|Cicerbita alpina is rarely seen in gardens, but what a blue!|
|A closeup of the flowers--intense blue!|
|A wonderful blue Corydalis: one of dozens being grown in Scotland|
|I believe this one is Dactylorhiza fuchsii|
|Carole posing with Gunnera manicata|
|Part of their extensive collection of Oxalis|
|Paris quadrifolium amid Trillium albidum|
I would have loved to see the trillium in full bloom: but this was Paris time and that was fun too weaving through its American cousin!
|An enormous Scots pine viewed from their patio. This is the centerpiece of the garden, draped with Hydrangea anomala v. petiolaris|
|Primula chungensis seeding about|
|Ranunculus aconitifolius 'Flore Pleno'|
|I love the brash combo of hot colored azalea and blue poppy!|
|Another shot of Rhody and blue poppy: |
you don't find this in Rockies--although both could be induced to grow here!
|Rhododendron campylogynum 'Salmon pink'|
|Back to the alpine house for Saxifraga cebennensis|
|I end on a hybrid New Zealander: read on...|
I had not visited this remarkable garden in over a decade--but I am sure to follow the exploits of these two plantspeople I am proud to count as friends as well. A full account of their garden (or their amazing resumes as professionals and their long affair with horticulture) would fill books, not just a blog. I hope they will sit down and produce just such a book one day--it would be a valuable contribution.