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05/07/17 Roof Garden # , , , , , , , ,

New Lanark Garden Diary: Summer 2017

New Lanark Garden Diary: Summer 2017

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.

Water crowfoot in the Mill Lade

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.

Click here to find out more about visiting New Lanark and our current summer exhibition, Brick City!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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Ted’s July at New Lanark

Ted’s July at New Lanark

Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all had a good summer so far! The wet weather we’ve been having hasn’t stopped me exploring New Lanark and this month I’ve been busy checking out Wee Row Hostel, the latest exhibition in the Gallery Room and peeking at my reflection in New Lanark Ice Cream’s huge trophy from the Royal Highland Show!

In my last blog I was telling you about Live at New Lanark at the end of June, so I thought I’d show you a photo of the great day it turned out to be! Nearly 300 people came down to Robert Owen’s Garden to listen to the brilliant music from 15 local bands & artists. You can listen to this podcast by bloggers Scots Whay Hae to hear interviews with some of the performers. I can’t wait for next year’s event that’s going to be even bigger and better!

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Hanging out backstage with the Live at New Lanark crew!

 

On 19th July I got my picnic ready (jam sandwiches for me please!) and took my very own teddy to the BIG Picnic at New Lanark! The fun activities had to move indoors because of the weather, but everyone still had a great time with over 700 people attending the event! My favourite part was the Birds of Prey in the garden, but there was also Face painting, Balloon modelling, Storytelling and a Teddy Bear’s Picnic Trail!

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Meeting up with some old friends at the Big Picnic

 

Last week I popped over to Wee Row Hostel at New Lanark. It’s now independently owned and operated by New Lanark Trust, but it’s still an affiliate member of the Scottish Youth Hostel Association. Wee Row Hostel has a selection of 18 rooms (Double, Triple, Quad, Studio) – all of which have views of the River Clyde, along with loads of other facilities like a self-catering kitchen, dining room, TV lounge, laundry, internet access, lockers, bike store & meeting room! Wee Row Hostel is popular with individual travellers, families, small and large groups – making a stay here a really unique and interesting experience. Let’s take a look around…

Ted at Wee Row Hostel

Checking out Wee Row Hostel!

Ted in the Wee Row Hostel dining area

Plenty of seats in the Dining Area to enjoy your tea

Ted sitting in Wee Row Hostel

…comfy couches too!

Ted in the TV room

Taking a break in the TV Room …now where’s the remote?

Food posters at Wee Row Hostel

Sounds tasty!

Outside Wee Row Hostel

Outside Wee Row Hostel

View of River Clyde from Wee Row Hostel

The view’s not bad either!

 

After all that exploring I thought I deserved a treat so I headed over to the Mill Café to try some of their award winning Simply Vanilla Ice Cream! It recently scooped two fantastic awards at the Royal Highland Show 2015 including ‘Gold’ in the Vanilla Flavour Class and ‘Overall Champion Ice Cream’ – beating off competition from some of the top ice cream producers across Scotland. I may be biased but I can say it’s the best ice cream this bear has ever tasted!

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Now THAT’S a big cup…I wonder how much ice cream it can hold!

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Don’t mind if I do!

 

If you’re thinking of visiting New Lanark in the next couple of weeks be sure to pop up to the Gallery Room to check out the current ‘World Wide Weave’ exhibition. This exhibition has been put together by Peter Bateson to celebrate the Camphill Foundation’s 75th anniversary and features fantastic textile art from Camphill communities around the world. Entry is free and the exhibition is open every day from 10am-5pm until Thursday 6th August.

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World Wide Weave exhibition at New Lanark!

 

 

Coming up at New Lanark is a unique performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on Saturday 15th August! This will be performed by the four strong, mad-cap HandleBards who travel the country carrying all their props and costumes on their bikes – phew! Tickets for the performance are £10 for Adults and £5 for under 16s. You can find out more here and purchase tickets online or by calling 01555 661345.

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The madcap HandleBards!

 

That’s all for now – here’s hoping the sun comes out for the rest of July! 🙂

Ted – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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14/07/15 Uncategorized # , , , , , ,

Roof Garden Diary: July 2015

Roof Garden Diary: July 2015

The flat flowerheads  of the Dark-leaved Elder,  Sambucus nigra ‘Guincho Purple’, show  rich raspberry and cream  colours contrasting with its dark foliage.   Beneath it the milky bellfower, Campanula ‘Loddon Anna’, makes a carpet of green leaves punctuated by rounded heads of lovely pale lilac, bell-shaped flowers.  In the stone troughs, the low cushions of bright purple thyme are attracting lots of bees and hoverflies, and a Painted Lady butterfly has been sunning itself on the warm stonework.  Look out for these butterflies this  summer  –  they look pale brown in flight and have black and orange markings when settled.   Meanwhile the tall golden oat grasses  swish gently in the breeze overhead.   Enjoy the beauties of summer in New Lanark Roof Garden this month!

Liz – New Lanark Guest Blogger

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01/08/12 Roof Garden # , ,

Roof Garden Diary – July 2012

Either it has been raining heavily or a gentle misty smirr has enveloped New Lanark Roof Garden. In the constant wet conditions, the flowers have struggled, but the old cottage garden favourites have done best. In the troughs there are bright purple cushions of thyme beside spikes of blue lavender. The lovely pale pink rose ‘Penelope’ is covered in flowers with more buds to come and tall spires of foxgloves and meadow rue give soft colour and height to the garden. Even in the rain, the honeysuckle twining around the wooden owl’s plinth is sweet-scented. Also known as woodbine, honeysuckle appears in Shakespeare’s magical play, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” where it forms a canopy over the sleeping Fairy Queen! So bring your umbrella and enjoy!
Click here for details of summer events. In flower : thyme, lavender, sage, astrantia, honeysuckle, lychnis coronaria ‘Alba’, penstemon ‘Amelia Jane’, hebe ‘Midsummer Beauty’, rosa ‘Penelope’.

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