"The Atholl Palace is one of my favourite places where each year we meet up with good friends and have fun. It's the perfect place to stay in a perfect setting with lovely people looking after us. What more could a person want?"
Has anyone got a garden pond in which they have tadpoles which refuse to become frogs? We have and after much speculation we think we have the cause if not the solution. It , the answer, came about after a garden tour with some guests who were having a conference in the hotel and were “scientifically-minded”.
Apparently the trigger for a “taddie” to change into a frog is protein….wee beasties that live in ponds, preferably semi-stagnant ones. We had increased the flow through our garden pond to keep it clear. Bad move for the tadpoles, it seems, as it lessened the amount of food available for them. The solution, the scientists said, was chopped mince so it was over to Mike Ross one of our chefs to produce the goods. The taddies certainly liked it and flocked to the mince, but they are still tadpoles, a month later.
Elsewhere in the garden late season colour is abundant. The sweet-peas are a great show. The various forms of dahlia are wonderful, not only in the borders but also as dramatic cut-flowers. We bought named gladiola this year as opposed to a mixed job-lot and they have been wonderful cut-flowers lasting so much longer than the forced varieties you buy in the shops. Phlox, rudbeckia, anemone and lilies are all in full flower with the hanging baskets, also, offering lovely colour.In the aromatherapy bed of the herb garden bergamot and Echinacea(purpurea and alba) look stunning and in the outdoor-pool area the lavender/rosemary beds have done very well and the magnolia has decided to flower again.
Our beds of roses continue to worry us a little. We hope that the exceptionally dry summer has,perhaps, hindered their growth but we may have to go back to the drawing-board in our programme of care for them and the word virus has been mentioned by some who have offered their opinion….we hope not. The young fruit trees in the herb-garden have grown on and James Grieve has even produced a small crop of apples for us. The ancient Victoria plums on the wall are simply hanging with fruit so with very few wasps about we may yet get a harvest of plums.
The putting green has come on this last month. A game of rounders was held on it during the summer staff party and it stood up well and we hope to have the first “put” on September 9th to test it’s quality. Fast and steep is our aim!
As the garden begins to slow down dramatic autumn colour will soon be upon us. The many forms of aster and chrysanthemum have still to show their hand, dahlias and rudbeckia will go on until the frosts and then the yellows and reds will descend over the grounds. Enjoy it all. Innes
Innes finished in 04:41:34 and came 1987 out of 4117 who completed the race. A fabulous achievement!
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