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of bril­liant green at the end of a dusky cor­ri­dor of hill­side and water.

Will and Sue met when they were both work­ing at the botan­i­cal gar­dens at nearby In­verewe, where Will was walled gar­dener for 10 years and Sue was the prop­a­ga­tor. Their shared pas­sion for plants was un­stop­pable. They took ev­ery pos­si­ble op­por­tu­nity to travel and see flora in its nat­u­ral habi­tat, vis­it­ing South Africa, New Zealand and Chile, re­turn­ing in­spired and armed with pre­cious seeds to coax into tan­ta­lis­ing new plants. At In­verewe, they helped es­tab­lish and care for the UK’S first South Africa bor­der and their pri­vate col­lec­tion of plants started to mul­ti­ply.

The pair was thrilled to be of­fered the five-acre south-east fac­ing croft in the ham­let of Dur­na­muck in 2009 and the chance to pro­vide a home for a ‘life­time’s col­lec­tion of plants’. Tree plant­ing to pro­vide ad­di­tional shel­ter at the back of the gar­den was their first ● Size Al­most half an acre of gar­den—raised beds, curv­ing borders and wild­flower mead­ows—that’s part of a five-acre croft slop­ing gen­tly down to Lit­tle Loch Broom, in the far north-west of Scot­land

● Al­ti­tude

Al­most sea level

● Soil Acidic, peaty soil—be­ing a croft, the land has been cul­ti­vated for hun­dreds of years, there­fore soil is 1ft deep in places

● Cli­mate Wet and mild win­ters (gen­er­ally no lower than –5˚C). Sum­mers are cool, ‘dry on oc­ca­sion—but mostly wet’ and of­ten windy

task and, as soon as the house was ‘more or less com­plete’, Will got go­ing on the gar­den. As well as the per­mit­ted half-acre of or­na­men­tal gar­den, the pair or­gan­ised the re­main­ing land for fruit, vegeta­bles, horses and bee­hives.

Build­ing raised beds from stone found close to hand pro­vided winter drainage to ground al­ready in a ‘low­ish po­si­tion and with a high water ta­ble’ and en­abled

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