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04/08/17 Roof Garden # , , , , , , ,

New Lanark Garden Diary: August 2017

New Lanark Garden Diary: August 2017

After the long dry Spring, the summer weather has been very wet.  The white Buddleia named ‘Peace’ is in full bloom in New Lanark’s War Memorial Garden, but its flowers have been somewhat spoiled by the rain, and the butterflies that usually arrive in abundance at this time of year have not so far appeared.

However, there is one butterfly that has been seen in the Clyde Valley Nature Reserve and in New Lanark Roof Garden where it was spotted drinking nectar from a purple-flowered buddleia.  (See photo.) This lovely butterfly is the Comma, so called because it has a tiny mark shaped like a comma (or small letter C) on its undersides.  The Comma’s story is one of remarkable  survival and  adaptation.

Comma caterpillars used to feed on hops and the butterfly was plentiful in Kent and the hop-growing areas of south east England.  However, when the industry went into decline, the butterfly’s population dropped severely.  In the past few years, however, it has staged an amazing recovery after the caterpillars adapted to eating the leaves of stinging nettles instead of hops.  As nettles grow nearly everywhere, the butterfly is now expanding its range right to the north of Scotland!  Global warming may also be having an effect on its expansion.   Visit New Lanark and see if you can spot this wonderful  butterfly!

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Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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03/08/16 Roof Garden # , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: August 2016

Roof Garden Diary: August 2016

The swallow chicks in the nest under the Roof Garden viewing platform fledged successfully in the last week of July.   These baby swallows represent the sixth generation of their kind to be born and raised in New Lanark Roof Garden.  The Scottish Wildlife Trust identified them as swallows (as opposed to martins or swifts) from the reddish-russet colouring on their throats.  An amazing characteristic of these beautiful birds is their ability to feed while on the wing.  As they swoop through the air, they hoover up hundreds of midges so they are definitely our friends!  Soon even the young ones will be migrating many miles south to Africa for the winter, and with luck will return next spring as soon as the weather begins to warm up again.

Find out more about visiting the New Lanark Roof Garden. 

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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20/08/15 Ted at New Lanark # , , , , , , ,

Ted’s August at New Lanark

Ted’s August at New Lanark

Hi everyone! Ted here again, I’ve had a really busy month at New Lanark soaking up the last of summer – why is the weather always nice when the schools go back?!

We kicked off August at New Lanark by announcing the line-up for the first New Lanark Book Festival in October! It’s all very exciting…over 20 authors are going going to be speaking at New Lanark on interesting themes like Scottish History, Fiction and Food, Drink & Textiles! The festival is going to last for 4 days, from Thursday 1st – Sunday 4th October and there are lots of different ticket options & prices so everyone should be able to see at least one author! The Early Bird tickets are on sale right now…so what are you waiting for?! Check them out now.

New Lanark Book Festival

New Lanark Book Festival

On 11th August The Quaker Tapestry opened at New Lanark! This is our third tapestry exhibition in 10 months…you’d think we had a special history & connection with textiles!? We’re currently showing 20 panels from the tapestry which celebrate the significant contribution Quakers have made to the modern world. It’s an extra special link for us as some of Robert Owen’s partners were Quakers! The tapestry is open until Friday 28th August, and on that evening the tapestry’s curator, Bridget Guest, will be giving a talk on its ‘Secrets and Stories’! Find out more about the talk & buy tickets.

 

The excitement wasn’t over yet for that week! On Saturday 15th August The HandleBards pedalled up to New Lanark to perform their mad-cap rendition of A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We had a beautiful night in Robert Owen’s Garden and the performance was fantastic so I’ve got my fingers crossed that they will be touring again next year and will come to New Lanark.

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On 19th August we re-opened Robert Owen’s House which had been closed for refurbishment for 2 weeks prior. The house is a main part of our Visitor Centre, and is interpreted to show how the house may have looked when Robert Owen and his family lived there c.1799. I had a good exploration of the house and I have to say the New Lanark Heritage team have done a fantastic job!

Ted at Robert Owen's Desk

Getting down to business…

Ted at dinner table

Am I too early for the dinner party?

Ted in the kitchen

I hope the Scullery Maid doesn’t think I’m the starter!

Ted in the sitting room

I wonder who lives in those small houses?

So that’s all that’s been happening at New Lanark this August! Coming up next month in September we have the ever-popular Doors Open Weekend on 12th & 13th September! We’ll hopefully see you there for guided tours, building exploration, printmaking & more. Over the September Weekend (25-28th) we’ll also have daily guided tours!

Bye for now!

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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10/08/15 Roof Garden # , , , , , ,

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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