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Roof Garden Diary: January 2016

Roof Garden Diary: January 2016

Normally the green spears of snowdrops are peeping through by now but this year there is no sign of them in New Lanark Roof Garden!  Probably the heavy rain and unusually warm temperatures throughout December don’t suit these winter beauties.  However, a rainy day is the perfect time to visit the Roof Garden mosaic — go through the glass door into the attic space next to the lift.  The mosaic design includes the woodpecker shown in the photograph.  Soon the sound of real woodpeckers drumming at dawn on hollow tree trunks will be echoing through the surrounding woodland.

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

“They will be surrounded by gardens, have abundance of space in all directions to keep the air healthy and pleasant: they will have walks and plantations before them, and well cultivated grounds, kept in good order, as far as the eye can reach”.
(Robert Owen, 1817)

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Roof Garden Diary – December 2015

Roof Garden Diary – December 2015

Some of Santa’s little reindeer are having a rest in New Lanark Roof Garden prior to their big night!   Here everything is tranquil,  but down at the Pantomime the audience is making as much noise as possible.  The New Lanark Christmas Experience including the pantomime is on at the weekends and on 23 and 24 December – book online at www.newlanark.org.  Remember to visit the Roof Garden to see the reindeer too.   After all that shouting and singing,  if you can stay still and quiet for a few minutes, the resident robin may even pop by to say hello!

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Roof Garden Diary – November 2015

Roof Garden Diary – November 2015

A cool  wet  summer  followed  by  a warm,  settled  spell in September and October  resulted in a beautiful display of autumn colour in and around New Lanark Roof Garden.   The woodlands on the hillside overlooking   the  village  were  originally planted in the early 19th century by New Lanark’s pioneering mill manager, Robert Owen, so that his millworkers could enjoy walks in the fresh air in an attractive natural environment.   New Lanark Roof Garden offers a great view of the trees, and this autumn they provided a splendid backdrop in russet and gold!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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Roof Garden Diary: October 2015

Roof Garden Diary: October 2015

Autumn is always a colourful time in New Lanark Roof Garden!  The highlight this month is surely the curved border with its riot of beautiful anemones glowing pink and purple in the slanting sunlight.  These plants are real toughies that can stand up well to Scotland’s climate.  The swallows have now disappeared to spend winter in Africa, but the autumn song of the robin trills out from the trees in the village below, and a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly made an appearance in the warm spell at the start of the month.

Find out more about visiting the New Lanark Roof Garden this Autumn. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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Roof Garden Diary: September 2015

Roof Garden Diary: September 2015

There has been some sunshine as New Lanark Roof Garden relaxes into its mellow late summer phase.  The buddleia is in flower at last, its rich purple spikes curving over to invite bees and butterflies to land on its densely packed florets and feed.  Here, the variety of buddleia is named ‘Harlequin’ and has attractive green leaves edged with white.  The lavender is also a favourite with the bees.   Colour contrasts are created by the anemones – the purple ones against the clear white of the Japanese anemone ‘Honorine Jobert’.   Make sure you visit New Lanark Roof Garden this autumn!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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Roof Garden Diary: August 2015

Roof Garden Diary: August 2015

A very wet July has meant that the ‘wrong’ plants and all the  weeds  are  growing  luxuriantly in New Lanark Roof Garden!   Many plants are well behind their usual flowering season.

The shrub, Philadelphus ‘Belle Etoile’, is now covered in scented white flowers that normally would appear in June or early July.

Meadowsweet is enjoying the damp conditions,  its frothy white plumes giving off a scent of summer .

In the past,  meadowsweet  was used as a strewing herb  spread  over  the  floor  as a natural air freshener  – perhaps even in the Millworkers’ Houses at New Lanark as it grows naturally along the banks of the Clyde.

Find out more about visiting New Lanark & the Roof Garden. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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Roof Garden Diary: June 2015

Roof Garden Diary: June 2015

After a sunny April, May was cold, wet and windy.  However, the hornbeam hedging has unfurled its fresh green leaves, echoing the new foliage on the trees above the village.  Beneath the owl statue, the dark red leaves of heuchera ‘Palace Purple’ and the gray-blue foliage of santolina are starting to colour up. Highlights in May included a duck calmly paddling in the fountain while being dive-bombed by a swallow – but these acrobats of the air always manage to miss!   Also, a seven-spot ladybird was seen resting on some leaves – a welcome guest.  These ladybirds are beneficial in any garden, as they and their larvae feed on aphids and other plant pests so we should encourage them.  There’s lots to see in New Lanark Roof Garden, not just plants!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

Visit the main New Lanark website to find out more about taking a trip to our award winning Visitor Centre this summer!

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Roof Garden Diary: May 2015

Roof Garden Diary: May 2015

Once again last month in New Lanark Roof Garden, a mother duck managed to lay eggs and incubate them, in total secret, before showing off her clutch of tiny ducklings to visitors. As the chicks were not able to fly back to the water, rangers from the Scottish Wildlife Trust quickly rescued them, and the little family were soon relocated to a more suitable habitat. As well as the duck family, a pair of wagtails were seen gathering moss and other materials for a nest somewhere nearby, perhaps across the river. And swallows have been skimming low across the fountain with great acrobatic skill. Meanwhile, let’s not forget the lovely spring flowers. ‘Lemon Beauty’ daffodils are stunning with their perfumed yellow and white petals and the Woolly Willow is covered in furry catkins!

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‘Lemon Beauty’ daffodils

Duck family on the move!

Duck family on the move!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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Roof Garden Diary: April 2015

Roof Garden Diary: April 2015

Thrushes singing, woodpeckers drumming and robins courting in the woods all around – it’s springtime at New Lanark!  In New Lanark Roof Garden, the bright yellow daffodils are a cheerful sight beside the faded, wispy grasses.  The ‘Garden in the Sky’ also recently witnessed two exciting events.  On 20 March a small group of people watched the amazing partial eclipse of the sun from the viewing platform, and, once again, the Stargazing event was a huge success, with Venus and a slender crescent moon creating a stunning display up above.

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger 

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Roof Garden Diary: March 2015

Roof Garden Diary: March 2015

March came in ‘like a lion’, full of snow showers and wild gales.

A  few brave snowdrops are in bloom in New Lanark Roof Garden, sheltered  from the worst of the weather by the low hornbeam hedges which hang on to their brown autumn leaves all winter.

Remember – Stargazing LIVE takes place on 21 and 22 March – see the New Lanark website to book tickets.  

This month Venus is stunning  – a huge diamond sparkling in the west  after sunset.  The small reddish star visible close by is the planet Mars.  Enjoy the night skies!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

Blooming Daffodils in the New Lanark Roof Garden

Daffodils in the New Lanark Roof Garden

Snowdrops in the New Lanark Roof Garden

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