Gracious Living


We have been fortunate with our accommodation here in Edinburgh, the first and second floors of a typical three storey mid-Victorian house in a quiet back street, with the friendly owner living on the ground floor. The front garden, once with traditional railings but now only stumps on top of the usual wall, enclosing a well-filled front garden. There are several pots of hostas by the front door, the owners having a friend who used to specialise in them, but of course Autumn is now getting to these pots as well as to the other plants. There is a clematis growing against the side of the house with the odd flower still evident, and a clump of Japanese anemones with a larger flowerhead than those in my garden at home, and a self-seeded clump of persicaria. The back of the house and of adjacent houses have traditional walled gardens, although I was told these don’t completely keep them sheltered from the wind. Many of  the gardens visible from our windows have one or more apple trees resplendent with huge crops of apples of various colours and sizes:


Younger Sister drew my attention to an arranged display of apples in one of these gardens – expecting an Andy Goldsworthy creation I leaned out for a look but it wasn’t quite up to his standard! I wonder if this pile was for the benefit of wildlife, or just partial harvesting to be dealt with later? Zooming in with my camera I spotted yellow spots in a tree in the next garden, which didn’t look big enough to be apples, and cropping the picture showed some lovely Clematis tangutica clambering through the tree. I grew this from seed once and must do so again.


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6 Responses to Gracious Living

  1. To have a pile of apples like that in my yard would certainly be a treasured gift. Lovely spot. 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      I am sorry you do have such a gift, Judy. Meanwhile, we are home again and faced with having to pick the rest of our cooking apples before they become random bruised heaps on the ground!

  2. Annette says:

    What I don’t like about Hostas is their look once the slugs have had a go, but the Clematis is thankfully avoided by these rather unwelcome visitors and certainly looks splendid for most of the year. Enjoy your family outing 🙂

    • Cathy says:

      Thanks Annette. These family get-togethers always throw up some quite random memories, some of which may be better forgotten! I am pleased that our local slugs have not wholeheartedly discovered my hostas, which are mostly in pots and of course this helps

  3. Would love to be where you are. Enjoy. Blessings, Natalie

    • Cathy says:

      Thank you Natalie – my siblings and I were born in Edinburgh, so it’s always intriguing to revisit although there are many things in the city that I would not of course have appreciated as a child.

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