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Roof Garden Diary November 2011

Autumn colours 2011

Autumn colours 2011

“November chill blaws loud wi’ angry sugh ­–”

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.

Roof Garden Diary October 2011

New Lanark Roof Garden in Autumn

New Lanark Roof Garden in Autumn

The lovely Japanese anemones have stood up well to the weather and shimmer white against an autumnal background of reds, purples and gold. Red Grass (Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’) glows ruby in the sunshine and clumps of purple anemones are dotted around.

New Lanark Roof Garden is now bursting with an amazing variety of seed pods. Waving like hair in the wind are the white seedheads of Feather Grass (Stipa tenuissima). Geranium seed cases look like tiny stork’s bills, while Clematis produces fluffy white seeds that disperse into the air like dandelion clocks.

In flower in October – Japanese anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’, penstemon ‘Amelia Jane’, liatris spicata, rudbeckia ‘Herbstonne’, purple anemones, astilbe, great burnet, heather ‘Silver Knight’.

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New Lanark aerial photo

New Lanark from the sky

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New Lanark World Heritage Site is a beautifully restored 18th century cotton mill village in Scotland. Situated close to the famous Falls of Clyde the village is surrounded by stunning natural scenery. The village of New Lanark was first founded in 1785 and earned renown as a model industrial community based on the enlightened principals of Robert Owen. He provided decent homes, fair wages, free health care, a new education system for villagers and the first workplace nursery school in the world!

Today, after many years of extensive restoration, conservation and development, the village is established as a living community and a complete visitor attraction. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, New Lanark welcomes many visitors each year from all over the world.

There’s always a lot going on at New Lanark and on this Blog we’ll keep you posted with everything that’s New Lanark!