Coping With Climate Change

January 29, 2020By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog, Gardening advice 2 Comments

Believe it or not I’ve had to add mowing to our list of jobs this month. Who’d have thought our visitors would be enjoying sunshine, warmth and the smell of freshly cut grass at the beginning January! Trying to deal with the unpredictable weather is a huge challenge for gardeners, but it hasn’t always been … Read More

From Sweden With Love

January 16, 2020By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog, Cottages No Comments

Today’s guest blog comes from Carina Olander who stayed with us last summer when she and her colleague Anna Truelsen were writing an feature about Gordon Castle for swedish magazine Gods Och Gardar. My name is Carina Olander and I am a photographer from Sweden. In August 2018 my work for a Swedish interior magazine … Read More

Looking over 2019

December 23, 2019By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog, Gardening advice No Comments

It hardly seems possible that another year is coming to an end and we have certainly packed in a huge amount over the last 12 months across the whole estate and Walled Garden. From the fishing to the castle, the cottages to the garden, from the professional to the personal, it has been a busy … Read More

Tips for the Christmas Kitchen

November 26, 2019By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog, Recipes No Comments

Here are some top tips from local Author Liz Ashworth about how to make your Christmas meal extra special. Liz Ashworth has been involved with, and written about food for over 40 years. She is passionate about preserving our Scottish Food heritage and promoting local food producers whenever she can. Author of over fifteen cookery … Read More

Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness

October 29, 2019By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog No Comments

As I walked through Fochabers my way into work this morning I couldn’t help but notice that autumn is coming early this year. Skeins of geese are appearing among the all too familiar rain clouds, the light is beginning to mellow out and there is a definite chill in the air. The beech and birch … Read More

So long Summer

September 16, 2019By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog 1 Comment

The season is turning and quite frankly I’ll be glad to see the back of a pretty gloomy summer! We should be busy harvesting plums as I write this, but we’ve had the worst crop in years. The combination of a dry spring followed by a cold and wet summer has hit the trees hard … Read More

Farewell August…

August 29, 2019By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog, Gardening advice No Comments

August is always a good month in the garden, the beds are full, visitors are streaming through the gates and the gardeners are happy. Harvesting is the biggest job at this time of year, it can be hard to keep up with the demand for fresh peas, new potatoes, kale, beetroot and salad leaves for … Read More

Blooming Success for Flower Weekend

August 20, 2019By Jennifer Kelly: AdminBlog, Events 1 Comment

Hundreds flocked to Gordon Castle Walled Garden in Fochabers last weekend (17th & 18th August) for the Flower Farmers Big Weekend. Part of a nationwide initiative launched by Flowers from the Farm, there were over 100 events across Britain celebrating home-grown flowers. The initiative aims to encourage both florists  and consumers to consider home-grown varieties. … Read More