The weather is very mild, but also very wet. Lots of energy as the Pennyland Burn crashes over the weir at the bottom of the #DumfriesshireGarden. Not a day for walking downstream –

26 October 2022

I never cease to enjoy the dogwoods in the #DumfriesshireGarden. This group looking lovely in autumn. I wrote about their winter interest on 22 February and pledged to create another group with home grown cuttings. I’m looking forward to planting them in the next few days. See:

14 October 2022

Amazing scenes in the Dumfriesshire Garden garden today, courtesy of the Voodoo Lily. To learn more about this curious plant, go to page 40 of my free download book here:

21 June 2022


Dr Joseph Clark walks the labyrinth, pausing at the tiny Cedar of Lebanon. September 2021.

By June the waterfall is gone, the burn is low, and this lovely dog rose is in full bloom at the same spot.

This lovely little waterfall, seen here on 4th February 2021, is an occasional visitor, but none the worse for that. It appears when the rough road above the garden pulls water down from the fields, which then runs into the Pennyland Burn. The overhanging ledge to the right is a favourite cool spot for small trout in summer.

The roaring Pennyland Burn, 14 December 2020. Quite different conditions to those described in my post ‘walking downstream’, which begins at this very point, the weir.

Grace and mutuality right above my head as I step out of the car from the school run. The squoosh of the Pennyland Burn provides the undertow to their calls. 12 December 2020.

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