“What do you do over the Winter?” By head gardener Alison Farrell

“What do you do over the Winter?”  is a question so often asked. The following is a little insight into what in addition to the necessary tasks of leaf clearing, mulching and pruning  that have been happening over the past few weeks in the garden at Geilston.

Photos by Alison Farrell

Planting of new Hydrangeas opposite the Iris border will provide late summer interest to this area.
The Gunnera (giant rhubarb-like plant) tucked up ready for winter.
The walled garden herbaceous border being cut down and shredded for use as a mulch.
A very wet and muddy week of drainage work in the Kitchen garden unblocking old clay field drains and installing over a hundred meters of new pipes – with huge thanks to time given by volunteers and donation of supplies and machinery by our generous supporters.
Going, going, nearly gone the Box hedging that has annually succumbed to the ravages of Box blight being removed. Did you know that this area was covered by a stunning conservatory a hundred years ago?
Apple ‘Bloody Ploughman’ – a delicious Scottish heritage apple variety, one of the trees donated by FOG and planted by John, one of our garden volunteers. “He who plants a tree, plants a hope” is an inspirational quote by Lucy Larcom. All our active garden volunteers will be planting a tree over the winter with this sentiment very much in mind.
Winter calm over the Geilston Burn and a time to reflect on the past year and give thanks to the huge support we have received from the Friends of Geilston committee and its members in so many ways.
Our team of staff and volunteers at Geilston wish you all a very Happy Christmas and good health for the New Year.

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