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