June and July 2017
As the longest day passes, the summer begins. In New Lanark Roof Garden, the combination of curry plant, and lavender with the dark pink of the tall penstemons, creates the appearance of a soft summer meadow in miniature. The yellow flag irises at the back of the garden didn’t do too well this year as the spring was warm and very dry, and they like moist soil. At ground level, the area between the Hotel and the first bridge over the lade is the lade overflow. It is a full working part of New Lanark’s power generation system but has become an ecological niche in its own right. Look out for the lovely flowing green stems and white flowers of the water crowfoot. This amazing plant is adapted to live under the water with the flowers emerging on the surface.
Also look for the purple spires of watermint and frothy white heads of meadowsweet. Later in July, little yellow monkey flowers will appear with them. Robins, dippers and wagtails, also enjoy this environment with its flowing water and plenty of places at the side to perch.
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Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger