Archives for the month of: October, 2011

Though I spent a great many childhood holidays on the idyllic Scottish island of Arran I don’t recall once going to Brodick Castle. My parents were not the National Trust membership-wielding type. More the “See you at tea-time – off you go up the hills in your wellies” type.

So a return visit to the island this summer merited a close examination of the noted gardens around the Castle, including this rather spooky folly, a Bavarian Summer House built for a lonesome chatelaine some time in the early-ish 19th century.

This fir cone-lined ceiling reminds me of Rome’s skeleton-lined underground catacombs – there is something deathly yet kitsch about it….


Surrounding the entrance of this 1964 gem of a building (formerly New Hall) these splendid technicolor planters. Apparently the gardener is a film maker too and bases each years display on a film – nicely esoteric conceptual gardening I like.