The Kitchen Garden at Cormiston Farm

Relax in the two acre grounds and garden

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Woodland Garden

Martagon Lily - July

Snow Covered Trees at Cormiston

Woodland in February

Cormiston Farm is surrounded by about 2 acres of grounds, consisting of lawns, flower-beds, orchard, farm-yards, outbuildings, a walled garden and wooded areas. The grounds are bordered by open fields, grazed by hebridean sheep, ponies and horses.

The Kitchen Garden was part of the original Georgian property, and is surrounded by a 6 foot stone wall. Most of the vegetables for dinner are grown here. There are well established rhubarb crowns, raspberries, blackcurrants and strawberries. The box hedging marks out the traditional quarters of the garden. The birds eat all the red currants - so a fruit cage has now been installed.

The Garden is an ongoing project, with the planting of a new Herb Garden, as well as hedging of hawthorn, dogrose, blackthorn and other local species. A small orchard lies to the north of the house with many traditional tree varieties: bramley, cox's orange pippin, Worcester pearmain and others.

The garden looks very different as each season passes. Snowdrops giving way to daffodils, and then to bluebells; Rhododendrons and Azalea in May. The Rhododendrons, that are attempting (as always) to take over the garden are being pruned in turn, revealing areas for new Hellebore and Trilium.

Some areas are left wild (with nettles, long grass and chicory) to encourage voles, butterflies and other wildlife.

Wildlife Pond  This is the home for sticklebacks and frogs. A smaller wildlife pond is at the bottom of the hill, where the fields drain, for more frogs and other wild creatures. The pigs enjoy spalshing here in the summer.

The Barn and Pond at Cormiston

Garden birds include goldfinch, chaffinch, wren, blue tit, coal tit, greenfinch, dunnock, house sparrow, tree sparrow, robin, blackbird, thrush, great spotted woodpecker and others. Tawny owls hoot occasionally in the surrounding woods, and barn owls are sometimes spotted swooping along the hedgerows. A heron sometimes stands to watch the sticklebacks in the pond (and eats a few).

Sunset on the old Barn at the back of the house

The front lawn

The Front Lawn

Secluded walled garden where the vegetables for dinner are home-grown.

The Kitchen Garden

The Kitchen Garden

The Woodland Garden in Summer

The Woodland Garden in Summer

Snowdrops and Hellebore in February

Snowdrops in February

Aubrieta in March - on the walled garden

Aubrieta in the Kitchen Garden