Presenter, Paul Murton, travels through the Scottish borders and up to Glasgow visiting New Lanark on route. In this (his 2nd series) Murton discovers the places whose lures have charmed visitors for more than 200 years. Here’s a link to the episode on BBC iPlayer… may not be on iPlayer for long, so you may want to watch it quite soon.
Thus Robert Burns in 1785 described an autumn gale in his poem, The Cotter’s Saturday Night. In fact, November 2011 began with fine weather, but the effect of the wind is an important design consideration for any roof garden. The lovely Switch Grass (Panicum Virgatum) ‘Heavy Metal’, for example, was chosen for New Lanark Roof Garden because it can withstand windy conditions.
Another strong plant, the stately Cardoon (Cynara cardunculus) flowered late with big, purple, thistle-like blooms. Related to the artichoke, cardoon was popular as a vegetable in Victorian times. Rudbeckia’s star-shaped daisy heads add a splash of bright yellow against the muted autumn colours.
A robin has been foraging in the flowerbeds and singing his half-wistful song in the trees outside New Lanark Roof Garden. And from the valley comes the low growl of the River Clyde in spate.
In flower in November – Japanese anemones, Rudbeckia ‘Herbstonne’, cardoon.
Walker and wildlife fanatic Jane visited New Lanark on a stunning autumn day… read about all about her day on her blog.