So again today is quite overcast but we haven’t run out of things to do in the rain yet! We decided to visit Inverewe gardens which is a sub-tropical garden flourishing on the coast in Poolewe. We stopped of first at this river because I’d caught a glimpse of all these yellow flowers as we drove past yesterday and wanted a closer look.
Once inside we started walking around the garden which for the most is divided into regions of the world. There’s also a rock garden and walled garden too.
This sprawling eucalyptus is on the edge of the rock garden.
Past some fantastic old trees.
As it’s still quite early in the year there are only a few things in flower, but the Camelias are out in force.
The garden is a lively place, crammed full of all sorts of exotic plants. Running through it are small twisting paths and little streams all under a massive green canopy.
The rhododendrons are also in flower.
Path down to the rocky beach that signifies one edge of the garden.
Several areas of the garden have been damaged due to the incredibly high winds (100mph) here earlier in the year. Several of the older tall trees had fallen down and there are still small sections of the garden closed off for repair. That includes this path here that runs down the side of the beach.
A kind of lichen thingy.
View from the highest point of the garden.
They have a load of these flowers in bloom as well, not sure what they are though. They look a bit like Arum lilies but are a slightly different shape.
The largest pond in the garden.
View out over the loch, illustrating nicely the odd combination of weather we’re having.
One of the more tropical areas of the garden, the plant growing in the middle on the rocks is a pitcher plant (a carnivorous plant), I have one at home on my kitchen windowsill!
A visual illustration of how clean the air is here.
These little well maintained paths criss cross through the garden.
Another lovely Eucalyptus.
Inverewe House sits to one end of the garden.
It’s a great way to kill a few hours. We then popped into The Steading in Gairloch for some afternoon tea and cake, which was lovely.
Arriving home the weather looks fairly promising when looking out to sea.
And then the back of the house, this is the reason we haven’t been up a munro yet!