Kirklands was built in 1832. In the first few years at Kirklands the most important element was to have places for the children to play, so the lawn was bigger and the flower beds smaller. Once the children left home, the flower beds became larger and the lawn smaller for new planting opportunities!
Structure in the garden is important especially as winters are long, consequently there’s box hedging in several areas though box blight appeared in autumn 2021 and the debate goes between treatment and replanting. In spring the beds by the house show off tulips; in summer our favourite sunflower, Mezzulah, a big-headed dwarf, in September the rudbeckia and echinacea continue the flowering.
Through the archway there is a beautiful cherry tree, Prunus Kojo-no-Mai, though the blossom is seldom seen as the Bullfinches descend on it and eat every flower bud! They are usually forgiven as they are beautiful birds.
Kirklands really benefits from the borrowed landscape. In the back garden there is the backdrop of Saline Hill, in the front a view of the Ochils and even as far west as the Wallace Monument and Ben Lomond on a good day. The advantage is the beautiful view, the disadvantage is the frost rolls down from the hill in April often killing the blossom on the rhododendrons before they really start, but it does make them appreciate a year without April frost and the flowers bloom brilliantly.