‘The garden was looking glorious on a damp Summer’s day’

I was delighted to see this photograph of Little Sparta inSaturday’s Scotsman. I met Ian Hamilton Findlay at Little Sparta in 1992. As an artist and poet few other Scots … Continue reading ‘The garden was looking glorious on a damp Summer’s day’

Kenneth Kaunda

I share Lord Steel’s astonishment that the Scotsman did not report the death of Kenneth Kuanda, Zambia’s first President. This letter, by Lord Steel, was published in the Scotsman on … Continue reading Kenneth Kaunda

for rhubarb

In June 1871, Robert Scott of Boathouse won a prize for his Rhubarb. I recently made a raised bed to grow rhubarb but the rhubrab will be for eating and … Continue reading for rhubarb

Alexander Marr

Alexander Marr  (1833-1916) was a Head Gardener for Bannockburn House. In 1867, his wife Margaret gave birth to their first child: Peter Alexander Marr was born in Ashmillburn Cottage, a … Continue reading Alexander Marr