Yesterday I visited The Potting Shed in Broughton in the Scottish Borders with a couple of local gardening ladies. And, what a lovely visit we had…
It’s a beautiful one acre garden, begun from scratch in 2008, on an exposed and steep hillside at 900 feet and it’s open in June and July on Wednesdays as part of the Scotland’s Gardens scheme.
It’s in a beautiful location and the views are stunning.
Sometimes you find yourself somewhere that you just don’t want to leave, this was one of those places. I was immediately struck by the striking red Scottish Flame Flower (Tropaeolum speciosum) climbing all along the evergreen hedge at the entrance. One of the ladies had bought one on a previous visit and said it’s done really well in her garden running through a conifer hedge. I ended up bringing one home with me as they had them on sale along with a number of other plants (a bargain at £4.00).
I was very envious of the kitchen garden area, lemons, currants, potatoes, beans, raspberries, rhubarb etc all looking like the quintessential cottage garden. The smell of the sweet peas was simply divine, I had to have a ‘drink’ or two of them as I went by.
There’s a courtyard with a pond and all sorts of wonderful climbing roses and shrubs around the outside of the house. There’s a fascinating photograph album there showing the work from ground zero to it’s current state, it’s an impressive achievement.
We headed up into the hill garden – everywhere you look there’s something to delight and admire, and against the backdrop of the lush hills, I dare anyone not to be enchanted. We had a very pleasant rest up in the ‘Sitooterie’ before continuing around the rest of the gardens.
I’m so glad to have found this little slice of heaven. I’ve added a few new plants to my ‘list’ and am hoping that the flame flower works it’s magic in Nine Mile Burn. I’ll be going back for another couple if it does.
It’s only open one more day this season so you’ll have to be quick, or, add it to your gardens to visit in 2018. I know I’ll be going back.
14 June – 19 July 11:00am – 5:00pm (Wednesdays only)
There’s a £4.00 entrance fee (Macmillan Centre at Borders General Hospital receives 40%, the net remaining to Scottish Gardens Beneficiaries)