Images

Pineapple lilies: August 2022

June 2022:  Sambucus nigra f. porphyrophylla

June 2022: the big border

June 2022: Arisaema  candidissimum in the greenhouse.

May 2022 seemed to bring an intensity of light and colour never before seen in the #DumfriesshireGarden.

Just one beautiful plant image from the month of April 2022: Veratrum.

March 2022: hellebores, newly cut dogwood stems, narcissi, fritillaria persica alba.

The month of February 2022 …

A selection of images from the month of January 2022


I’ve always loved John Coltrane playing Softly as a Morning Sunrise.

17 January 2022.

Beautiful pre-dawn light in the East.

6 January 2022.

Fallen leaves raked into a serpentine pattern.

6 December 2021.

Sunset scenes at 16.10 and cold weather has arrived.

22 November 2021

November trees in the Dumfriesshire garden, 2021.


The bannister in Cloister House, Melrose. From a weekend away with friends.
14th November 2021

Planted around 20 years ago, this hornbeam now creates a perfect setting from which to view its neighbours.

5th November 2021

Mycelial magic in the #Dumfriesshire garden!
30th October 2021


The heart of Autumn

7th October 2021

The labyrinth by moonlight and in sunshine

19 and 29 September 2021

Intimations of autumn

Mid-September 2021

The Turk’s Cap Lily looking very happy in the #Dumfriesshire garden ‘big border’.

August 2021

Baxter our dog explores the mown paths. Taken on my birthday.

17 July 2021

A selection of Dumfriesshire garden images for this month.

June 2021

A bit gaudy perhaps, but tulips making a welcome appearance this erratic Spring.

5 May 2021

I love to see the delicate flowers of epimedium emerge, even through a light morning frost.

3 April 2020

I ‘fell heir’ to a quantity of stone when we took down part of an old wall in the garden, and so decided to have a go at building a cairn. Here’s the result.

March 2021

Newly cut dogwood stems, now in the dead hedge.

17 March 2021

Carefully placed stones in the ‘arboretum’. May still need some adjustment over time.

6 March 2021

New moon, 16 February 2021, as the evening chill descends.

A walk round Dalswinton Loch

16 January 2021

Ice forms at the weir of the Pennyland Burn, January 2021.

The ‘cold moon’ of December, 2020.

Logan Botanic Garden, Dumfries and Galloway October 2020: a strangely sub-tropical feel to this corner of Scotland’s deep south-west.

Mt Fuji, Japan, December 2019 taken from our hotel on the edge of the city of Shizuoka during one of the most enjoyable academic visits I can ever remember. One year later, thanks to the great team at Cample Line, I encountered a remarkable film about the mountain, titled Ascent and directed by Fiona Tan.

Pictish stones at Aberlemno, Angus, July 2020 – just out of their winter covers, delayed by the lockdown.

Sunrise, sunset … taken mainly around my own home over the years, along with one or two in places further afield.

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