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.
A brand new knitting pattern designed by Judy Furlong using New Lanark Donegal Silk Tweed yarn is now available. This stunning men’s waistcoat pattern featured in Issue 37 of The Knitter magazine and more info available on this link. Yarn for this pattern is available to buy online from New Lanark online shop.
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’.
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!