What’s Been Happening in The Garden This April

April 9, 2018By Gordon CastleBlog, Gardening advice No Comments

We’re not quite sure whether spring is here or not in the Walled Garden. One moment the crocus flowers are open wide, basking in the sunshine and covered in honey bees, and the next they’re closed shut sheltering from snow and bitter winds. Come rain or shine we’ve been busy getting everything ready for the growing season ahead. The biggest development this year is our new cherry orchard; 52 trees, 5 different varieties, all planted up waiting for some warmth the get them growing. We deliberately planted larger 5-year-old trees so that we can benefit from their lovely spring flowers straight away and with any luck we should get some fruit this summer as well, so look out for a new cherry gin liqueur later in the year! We’ve added another 98 apple trees to our step-over posts giving us 10 more Scottish varieties lining the perimeter path around the garden.

Bee and Crocus

The cut flower beds are set to look better than ever with the addition of 40 scented roses and we’ll be planting many more perennial plants as soon as the soil has dried out a little! Please do get in contact with us if you would like a list of all the cut flowers we grow and when they’re available.

Seed sowing is in full force in the potting shed, giving us a little respite from the cold weather. We all love checking the greenhouses every morning to see what has germinated over-night. Almost every inch of the heated greenhouse is full of healthy young plants soon to be hardened off and planted in out in the garden. I’d liked to have sown the first succession of vegetables direct into the beds by now, but there is little point sowing into cold wet soil so we just have to accept the season will be a little late this year.

Seedlings

We’re trying to fill the harvesting gap this year by growing micro-greens. Micro-greens are the seedlings of vegetables and herbs that have the most sweet and intense flavour. At the request of our head chef, we’re experimenting with coriander, peas, rocket, perilla, cress and beetroot. Our first crop has been a great success. Watch this space for a blog post all about how to grow your own micro-greens later in the year.

Planted Seeds

If you’ve visited in the last few days you may have noticed some strange, spikey new plants in the lavender bed. They’re actually a type of citrus, Poncirus trifoliata, that should produce small fruit and give height and structure to the centre of the garden.

Poncirus trifoliata

Lots of work has been done to enrich the natural play area, we’ve added stepping-stumps, a barefoot path, lots of fruit trees, giant black-boards and even put a roof on-top of the bug-hotel! And there’s plenty more to do with budding little gardeners over the Easter holidays, we have a baby-animal themed nature trail around the garden, just ask in the shop for more details. If you are a regular visitor don’t forget ‘Friends of the Walled Garden’ membership could save money on garden admission and gives you a discount in the shop and café.

Peach Blossom

Despite the changing weather, the huge old apricot trees on the south wall have started flowering, as reliable as ever. Very soon the plums will bloom, followed by the apples and finally the pear trees. If you’ve not visited the Walled Garden during the spring before I would urge you to do so, the fruit blossom really is spectacular and we’ve been busy planting many thousands of spring bulbs to add to the display. And there’s plenty happening in the garden during April, we’re starting to fill up the vegetable and cut flower beds, our daffodils and tulips will be a riot of colour very soon, and we have a selection of lovely spring plants and cut flowers for sale at the shop. So there’s plenty to do and see in the walled garden this spring – plus we have been selected as one of Jules Hudson’s top 5 gardens to visit in Britain so definitely worth a look.

That’s all for now, Ed.

Spring Garden Trail

March 23, 2018By Gordon CastleBlog No Comments

FANCY VISITING US THIS EASTER?

We would love to see you and your family and are now taking table bookings for our traditional roast for Easter Sunday. We are also going to be running our children’s spring trail throughout the holidays which is free with adult garden entry (£3) and the little ones will receive an Easter treat once finished! You can pick up your trail in our shop or in the cafe.

Gordon Castle Walled Garden Nature Trail

 

Here are just some of the characters you can expect to meet… Mhairi the mouse and Harry the hedgehog can’t wait to meet your little ones! Don’t forget to tag us in photos on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter if you decide to visit the garden or cafe.

Not visited before? Find out how to find us. 

Planning for the Season Ahead

March 7, 2018By Gordon CastleBlog, Gardening advice No Comments

The Oyster Catchers have returned to the Walled Garden once again.

We didn’t see them until the end of March last year so they’re a good fortnight early. I’d like to think that it’s a sign of a good growing season ahead; their distinctive high-pitched calls echoing around the garden are a sure sign that spring is on the way.

With warmer weather rapidly approaching it’s really important for us to be well prepared for the spring and summer; whether you have an allotment, a veg patch in your back garden or just a few pots, it’s well worth taking the time to plan it all out. Here are a few simple tips to help you make your garden as productive as possible this year:

Blog Seeds March Gordon Castle Walled Garden

  1. Roughly measure and draw out the space you have, photocopy it and keep the template. We draw up plans for our four vegetable beds every year, it makes it so much easier to get the rotation and spacing of crops right and gives a good idea or how many seeds to order.
  2. When you know what you want to grow and how much space you have, sit down with a seed catalogue or write a list of all the varieties you want. Try not to get carried away and cram too much in, its always best to aim for quality rather than quantity.
  3. Make a sowing plan to get your successions right, this is really important for crops like salads and peas, a calendar or wall planner makes this much easier. Start the season with longer intervals between crops and then shorter ones as the days get longer and warmer. For example we leave 6 weeks between our first and second crop of peas and then just 4 between our second and third crop.
  4. Keep a diary, it doesn’t have to be elaborate, just a note of what you’ve done in the garden and the results you’ve had, it’s so easy to forget little details from one year to the next. We have records form the last four years and I regularly check to see when we sowed our seeds or when the fruit trees started flowering.

Blog Blossom March Gordon Castle Walled Garden

However you decide to plan your garden, be flexible. Nature is unpredictable and every growing season is different so always be prepared to abandon you plans and use some common sense! Take advantage of early warm weather to get a head start but don’t sow your seeds in a snow storm just because your sowing plan says you should! Whatever the weather this season we wish you the best of luck and happy gardening.

That’s all for now, Ed.

Blog Snow March Gordon Castle Walled Garden

Gin Inspired Mother’s Day Delight

March 7, 2018By Gordon CastleBlog, Recipes No Comments

Looking to spoil Mum this Sunday with a super yummy pudding? Try your hand at our Gin Garden Dessert.

Gordon Castle Garden Gin Dessert 2

This recipe is made up of a lavender and honey mousse, gin soaked garden berries, chocolate soil and edible flowers. It’s a great recipe because it looks much more complicated that it actually is! If you are making this with little ones simply leave out the gin for their pots or alternatively, make it alcohol free (it still tastes amazing!).

Start with the berries. For this you will need: 
200ml water
100g Sugar
50ml Gordon Castle Gin
400g mixed garden berries

Bring the water and sugar to the boil (add the Gin in now if you don’t want it to be so tipsy), and set aside to cool. When it’s at room temperature, glug it all over your berries. I’ve used blueberry, raspberry and garden redcurrants for mine, but any and all will come to life in the gin syrup.

Next, move onto the mousse. For this you will need…
A dozen fresh lavender heads
100g honey
500ml double cream
3 egg yolks
2 gelatin leaves
200ml milk

Put the lavender heads, gelatin and milk into a pan. Heat gently with a lid on, when it come to a near boil, remove the pan from the heat and wrap the top with cling film, this will keep the flavour and aroma in. This process can be used to infuse milk with nearly any flavour, if you wish to be even more experimental. Leave the pan to rest and Infuse like this for at least half an hour.

Once rested, strain the pan in to another and put it back on to a gentle heat.

Meanwhile in a mixing bowl, beat your egg and honey until it turns a brilliant thick fluffy white. Slowly beat in your hot infused milk, once incorporated put the mix into a thick bottomed pan (this will stop your airy custard from getting a heat shock and splitting). Put it on a low gentle heat, and stir with a wooden spoon, once its thickened enough to coat the back of your spoon, remove from the heat and allow to cool.

Whisk your double cream until it’s just past a soft peak, and is just able to hold its shape. Gently fold about a quarter of your cream into the custard, when its consistency lightens you begin to fold the custard in to the cream (this process allows you to keep more air in the mousse as the less folds you make to the cream, the more air you’ll keep in).

And for the soil…
200g sugar
100ml water
200g dark chocolate
50g dark cocoa powder

Put the sugar and water in a thick bottomed pan and bring to the boil, then, reduce the heat, once the water evaporates your caramel can burn quickly, use a sugar temperature probe and once the sugar hits 120c stir in your cocoa and chocolate. The sudden drop in temperature causes the sugar to crystallise with the chocolate and viola. Every pastry chefs favourite plate sprinkle.

To finish, put it together…
We’ve used little ceramic flower pots but any bowl, mug, jug or glass will work. Spoon the boozy berries in and your mousse on top, and generously cover it in the chocolate soil.

So when we first created this it was the height of summer and we had lots of fresh flowers to choose from! As it’s March there isn’t much around so unless you have some potted plants indoors (although don’t go taking all the heads of Mum’s prize plants!), why not decorate the top with berries which you can buy in your local supermarket.

Gin Dessert Recipe - The Gin Garden

Half Term Fun

February 8, 2018By Gordon CastleBlog No Comments

It only feels like yesterday since the children went back to school and now they’re off again! An odd little holiday, it can be hard to think of things to do – we’re still feeling the pinch from Christmas, the weather isn’t great and there’s nothing good on the television!

So what to do with your little cherubs? Although the garden is a little quiet this time of year there is still plenty of fun to be had. Here’s our roundup of half term fun. 

Gordon Castle Natural Play Area

Our natural play area has been designed to encourage children, from a young age, to begin exploring and understanding their natural environment.

Gordon Castle Walled Garden Children's Play

Gordon Castle Walled Garden Children's Play

Gordon Castle Walled Garden Children's Play

The space has been created almost entirely from reclaimed Estate materials; stone from the Castle walls, storm blown logs, gravel and rocks from the quarry pit and plants grown in the garden. The project was a combined staff effort to dig, gather, plant and plow the natural playground into shape, all under the expertise and experience of Timberplay Scotland.

Let your child’s imagination run free as they learn about the diversity of nature, overcome little challenges and – as budding gardeners – work with elemental materials to create their very own natural story.

This play garden, will develop, grow and change with both the seasons and new ideas. It is intended to be a dynamic space into which visitors of all ages can enjoy. We have an outdoor kitchen, bug hotel, den building area, massive sandpit and obstacle course. After the holidays, we are going to close the play area for a few days for maintenance. We are going to add lots of wild flowers, stepping stumps, wooden drum kit, giant black board, bug hotel renovations and living willow structures!

Gordon Castle Walled Garden Children's Play

Garden Trail 

This super simple trail can be applied anywhere – tailor to your environment. Swap stones for cones, leafs for branches; just let the children’s imaginations run wild!

If you are doing this with older children, split them into teams and the team to do or collect all of the tasks first, wins.

Collect
a stripy or spotty stone
a leaf with a strong smell
a leaf from an apple, a pear and a plum tree from round the walls
a sprig of lavender
a long piece of grass (maze)

Do
a roly poly
a song or dance
spot minibeasts in the pond
find your way to the top of the maze
build a stone cairn or sand castle

Make your own bug hotel!

So for ours we uses building pallets stacked on top of one another (we used 5 or 6) and in each of the gaps, stuff full of natural materials to make habitats for your creepy crawlies. You can use stones, shells, twigs, fur cones, dry leaves, dry grass, logs, wood off cuts, old bits of pipe, bamboo canes etc etc…

If you don’t want to make one as big as ours, use a wooden box turned on its side and layer up with different materials. The most important thing is to make sure the materials stay dry – no insect will return to a damp hotel! Leave your hotel in the same place year on year and you’ll soon get lots of creepy crawlies taking up residence. You can expect to find earwigs, woodlouse, miner bees, lady birds, ground beetles, centipedes and if you’re lucky maybe even some mice!

We’re open seven days a week so come and visit us. Fresh coffee and home-bakes await for the Mums and Dads!

Gordon Castle Walled Garden Children's Play Area Water

Big Plans in the Walled Garden for 2018

January 24, 2018By Gordon CastleBlog, Gardening advice No Comments

January has to be the bleakest month in the walled garden, the days are short and cold and the garden is asleep for the winter; but it can also be one of the most beautiful. A dusting of snow and a glimpse of sunshine reveals the bare bones of the garden; the lovely elm posts we train our trees to, the geometrical shape of the beds and the sweeping curves of the mounds running the length of the western wall all have their own subtle beauty. Most of our wildlife is asleep too, apart from a few friendly robins following us around as we cultivate the beds, the sparrow hawk waiting for unsuspecting blackbirds, and the skeins of geese honking away overhead, using the tower of the Castle to find their way.

Gordon Castle Walled Garden Winter 2017

As gardeners we are as busy as ever, winter is the time for all our construction projects, pruning, cultivation and most importantly of all, planning; and we have big plans for 2018! The project has been going for 5 years now and we’re getting closer and closer to fulfilling Arne Maynard’s vision for the walled garden. Over the winter we have installed another 98 elm posts, all cut from trees on the estate and sawn up on site, and over the next few months we are going to plant another 88 apple trees trained as step over cordons, this year we are concentrating on Scottish varieties. When the project is complete we’ll have over 400 step over apple trees bordering the perimeter paths. We already have 250 mature wall trained fruit trees including apricots, plums, gages, pears, peaches and figs. Our wonderful ancient apricot trees are some of the oldest in Scotland and still produce huge quantities of fruit, not to mention lovely fragrant blossom during April and May.

Hard work at Gordon Castle walled Garden

Our landscape gardeners continue tirelessly laying paths and edges brick by brick. When they’ve finished they’ll have put 48,000 handmade bricks in place and several miles of pathways. We don’t use contractors in the garden, everything is built and maintained by our team of 5 gardeners; the espalier posts, the pear tunnels, all the paths and edges, even the benches in the garden are built from scratch by us, all using locally sourced materials.

The biggest project for 2018 is the planting of a new cherry orchard surrounding the curvaceous architectural mounds on the western side of the garden. As with everything we do here this orchard will be on a grand scale, running the full length of the garden (over 150m) and comprising of both summer fruiting and winter flowering cherries. The trees will provide flowers in the winter and spring, shade in the summer and fiery autumn colour, not to mention masses of sweet cherries for our head chef to work his magic on! Who knows, maybe we’ll make a cherry gin to go with our raspberry and plum liqueurs.

Grass mounds at Gordon Castle Walled Garden in Summer 2017

Our cut flowers proved hugely popular with local florists in 2017, not to mention our visitors, and so we’re adding many more perennial plants to extend the season and give more variety. Peonies, echinacea, anemones, salvias, agapanthus to name just a few, and we’re going to grow roses for the first time in the walled garden, all highly scented, colourful and great for cutting. We’ll start planting the soft fruit garden in the autumn so that next year you can enjoy strawberries, raspberries, red and black currants, blueberries and gooseberries.

Gordon Castle Walled Garden in Summer 2017

We planted another 12,000 spring bulbs last autumn, and plan to plant even more this year, so it’s well worth paying us a visit during the spring months to see our displays of crocus, wood anemone, narcissus and tulips. We’re always trying to make the Walled Garden as beautiful as it is productive.

There’ll be lots of special events this year. We’re hoping to start ‘Plot to Plate’ evenings giving visitors the chance to learn how we grow all our delicious produce and then enjoy a taste of the walled garden with a specially created menu. We’ll be offering the friends of the Walled Garden behind the scenes tours on summer evenings whilst enjoying a G&T. There will be all the usual events as well; our Birthday Party in June, several outdoor theatre productions and the Garden Market in September. We even have plans to buy an apple press so you can bring in your surplus apples and go home with bottles of fresh juice. Like our Facebook page to be kept up to date with events.

Gordon Castle Walled Garden Plum Picking

And of course, we will continue to do what we always do; digging, sowing, planting and harvesting! So please do drop in and enjoy the huge variety of fruit, vegetables, herbs and cut flowers we grow and have a stroll around one of the biggest productive walled gardens in the country.

Fresh produce at Gordon Castle Walled Garden

New Head Gardener Appointed

January 11, 2018By Gordon CastleBlog, Gardening advice 3 Comments

We have lots of exciting things planned for 2018 but none more than to kick start with a new Head Gardener, Ed Bollom. Our previous head gardener John Hawley left us in November for a new life south of the border with his family.

Ed isn’t new to our Scottish oasis, he has been a senior gardener here for several years and has been working hard on our garden project. You may recognise him from some of our YouTube garden tutorials! He is also the man behind many of our amazing photographs.

So, to introduce Ed properly to his new role, here is his first blog post!

For my first garden blog post I thought I’d explain how my horticultural career brought me to Gordon Castle.

I’ve been gardening for almost 15 years now and Gordon Castle is the seventh garden I’ve worked in. My career has taken me all over the country working in historic and botanic gardens, from Osborne House on the Isle of Wight to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. I started my journey studying sustainable horticulture at Cannington college in Somerset, motivated by a love for working outdoors and went on to work in several gardens as part of an apprenticeship scheme run by the Professional Gardener’s Guild.

My real passion has always been for productive gardening; particularly growing fruit and vegetables. As a student I always dreamed of working in a traditional kitchen garden growing plants that would actually be used rather than simply admired!

I learnt the craft of productive gardening as the gardener in charge of the organic walled garden, nursery and orchard for the Prince of Wales at Highgrove House in Gloucestershire.  I spent five fantastic years growing all the fruit, vegetables, cut flowers and herbs for the Prince and his guests. During that time I married my lovely wife Anna and we had our first child Freddie.

Ed Bollom First Blog Post Head Gardener

I first heard about the Walled Garden at Gordon Castle from my father in law, Simon McPhun, who was helping out in the early stages of the project. When Simon first showed me Arnie Maynard’s plans for the garden I thought it was far too ambitious; the kitchen garden at Highgrove was 1 acre and took all of my energy with the help of 2 other gardeners to keep it to a decent standard and here was a project to renovate a walled garden almost eight times the size!

Anna and I were happy in Gloucestershire and very busy as new parents, so we put any ideas of moving out of our minds. But I couldn’t help thinking about the walled garden project and decided that maybe we should just go and have a look at the site. When we got up to Fochabers and looked around the garden (it looked more like a building site at the time) I started to see the potential and that whilst the plans were ambitious Angus and Zara were going to make it work. It is such an unusual project I felt it was too good an opportunity to miss.

Anna, Freddie and I made the move from Gloucestershire to Moray just as we discovered that Anna was pregnant with our daughter Amelie and I started work as deputy head gardener in May 2015.

I’ve thoroughly enjoyed watching the garden develop for the last couple of years, the garden team are fantastic and make it a friendly and productive place to work. I don’t think there is anywhere else in the country doing what we are doing on such a grand scale. Coming into my third season I feel I’m really starting to get to know the garden and hopefully can hit the ground running as Head Gardener.

I love the idea of taking this wonderful historic space and turning it into a functioning productive Garden growing the highest quality produce. Traditionally walled gardens were used to feed the great houses of our country, I like to think of the Walled Garden Project as a modern take on a very old theme. So please keep on following us on our journey, there’s plenty more to come!

Life Changing Foot Balm

January 8, 2018By Gordon CastleBlog, Gifts No Comments

Our Herbal Foot Balm is causing a buzz – new year and soft tootsies seems to be paving the way! This little gem is a moisturising natural foot balm is made in Scotland and contains comfrey and pure essential oils of lavender and rosemary picked straight from the garden.

Part of our Gardeners Essential Beauty range, these are perfect for anyone with tired or sore skin in need of a little TLC. Brimming with natural ingredients and inspiration from Gordon Castle’s Walled Garden, the products are ideal for those seeking the natural healing properties of the garden.

Its natural properties don’t stop there – just take a look at the ingredients. Plus – no artificial fragrances, colours, parabens, glycols, sulphates or petrochemicals in sight!

Gordon Castle Herbal Foot Balm

Ingredients: *helianthus annus (sunflower),~symphytum spp. (comfrey leaf), *prunus dulcis (sweet almond), *cera alba (beeswax), *triticum vulgare (wheatgerm), *lavandula angustifolia (lavender) *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary), *rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary extract), limonene, linalool (from essential oils).

But you don’t have to take our word for it, have a read of a few reviews below.

“Can’t quite tell you what a life saver this is. I could barely walk my feet were so sore and cracked. The doctor told me it was plantar psoriasis so I was prescribed steroid creams which didn’t work. Then i tried blue light treatment. then onion oil from India, emu oil from Canada and so on – you name it I tried it! Finally I found this and it’s honestly a miracle. After one week (picture below) my feet looked completely different and I wasn’t in pain or itchy constantly. I now use it religiously every evening and go through about one pot a month. I’m not sure what it is about it, maybe the natural ingredients, but my goodness – please don’t ever stop making it!!” Lisa Simons  

Gordon Castle Herbal Foot Balm Results

“I live in Canada and a dear friend gave me this foot balm. I had tried every cream out there for my foot issue and this is the first one that actually has helped. ” Sandra Charron  

Discover the range and pave the way to baby-soft feet for only £8.95.

Gordon Castle Herbal Foot balm

A Very Merry End To 2017

December 22, 2017By Gordon CastleBlog

A Very Merry End To 2017

Christmas has come around all too quickly and the end of the year is always a time for family and reflection. As we look back on our year, there have as always been the highs and the lows of running a business and dealing with the day to day stresses whether personal, financial or physical!

Five years ago we were living in the South, Angus working long hours in London, bringing up seven children between us, and enjoying visiting his parents a few times a year, fishing or staying in Garden cottage with friends. ( the castle was let on a long lease after his grandmother died). If you had told me that as fifty something yr olds we would be running an exclusive use venue, a fishing business, holiday cottages, build a café and visitor attraction garden open to the public 363 days, start up a shop and a products business ( the gin is going down well!) I think we would have just laughed at the impossibility, but here we are! The learning curve has been steep, but we have met amazing people and made many new friends along the way.

There are so many different parts to the Estate and Walled Garden that sometimes we ‘run’ from one thing to another and never seem to have time to stop and take stock of what has been achieved in a relatively short space of time.

Gordon Castle Walled Garden Summer 2017

The Walled Garden
For us the high points were seeing the building of the garden advance yet further. The bountiful  harvest of plums, apricots, apples and pears from our ancient trees and listening to the comments of returning visitors who all said they could see such a difference in the garden from last year. It is hard when you are in the garden every day to see the progress and not focus on all the things we still have to do and improve. So lovely people, thank you! It will give us fresh impetus for planning the coming year. The ‘lows’ were the terrible Summer, horrendous for our vegetables, everyone’s morale and our pumpkins which were puny! Nothing grew except the weeds which were unstoppable. For the café staff waiting to serve on all those lovely outdoor tables, so many wasted weekends, although we were lucky with our outdoor theatres ( except Mikado!) and our birthday weekend and market day were ‘made’ by finally having some good weather. We were so excited to win ‘best food tourism experience’ and it gave everyone on site a huge lift.

Gordon Castle Autumn

The Castle
The re-plumbing and re- wiring and total re-decoration have now faded slightly from our memory as we continue to ‘fill’ the Castle with people from all parts coming to enjoy either the fishing, (not too bad a season), corporate guests wanting to give clients a special experience, some unusual wearing of kilts and plenty of whisky tasting, weddings, we did a lot of weather watching but were able to make use of the newly restored Orangery where we have replaced the roof that had collapsed and had been open to the elements for a decade, and some very happy family celebrations.

We welcomed our first festival ‘refuel 2017’ and despite the weather they are returning next year. We also had the circus and a number of smaller lunches and dinners.

Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox

The Highland Games
This has now become a ‘date’ for the diary both locally and further afield and has grown into a serious part of our year, although this year with Angus struck down with ‘man flu’ for the whole week before it was not our easiest or happiest ‘lead up’ and as the torrential rain fell on Saturday it was a very ‘wet’ low point. However the sun shone for Sunday and 10,000 people came to support the many different competitors and exhibitors which made it all worthwhile for our small team who really put the hours in, and work so hard to make it a success. It is a crazy amount of time spent for one day with so much preparation and planning needed but I think we have all created an event with a really special atmosphere, that is wonderfully supported by our local community and we could not have enjoyed more handing over a cheque to the head of Milnes and look forward to hearing what the pupils have been able to do with it. We have already started planning for next year! May 20th!

Gordon Castle Highland Games 2017

The Gordon Castle luxury branded products continue to grow, our bath and beauty products get rave reviews from the guests in the Castle and we are looking forward to having an amenities range for hotels and  restaurants during the next year.

Gordon Castle Gin Potting Shed

The gin won gold medals from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Brussels and China. It is now found in many independents and some supermarkets  so we hope to build on the success next year. More cider will be made from our apples and pears and hopefully some new products for the shop.

On a personal note I became a grandmother for the first time, to gorgeous ‘Sienna’  which has made me reflect on the miracle of new life whether a baby or rejuvenating the land and look back over the last few years as well as looking forward to all the excitements to come.

Baby Sienna

 

Zara Gordon Lennox Granny

Angus’ youngest son left school and has been working in the Walled Garden office before going to New Zealand in January! A big milestone for us to get them all through some kind of education. The rest are in the South currently and fingers crossed employed.

Geordie and Angus Gordon Lennox

We feel incredibly lucky and very blessed that we live in such a beautiful place. Although the snow is falling as I write, being in the garden after everyone has left on a Summers evening is my ‘happy place’, watching the oystercatchers or red squirrels whilst I weed or mow and watching nature perform miracles through the seasons, from seed to fully grown plant is truly inspiring and makes me feel we can all work together to try and create something that can benefit our planet and protect it for future generations. I hope we can all find time in 2018 to do that which makes us feel happy and more connected with the world around us.

Angus and Zara Gordon Lennox of Gordon Castle

Which only leaves a huge thank you to all our very dedicated and hardworking team without whom none of the above would be possible and to all our visitors, customers and clients for your continued support, we appreciate and value each and everyone one of you. ‘Tis the Season of goodwill, frosty days, warm fires and maybe even a glass or two of our gin or cider, may we  wish you and your families a very happy Christmas and amazing New Year.

Best wishes for 2018,

Angus and Zara

 

Gordon Castle Gin Trio Cocktails

December 19, 2017By Gordon CastleBlog

Festive Gin Delights

Lots of you have purchased our gorgeous Gin Trio Sets which feature miniatures of our three delicious gins, a perfect Christmas stocking filler at just £17.95. So now you have your own Gordon Castle botanical, raspberry and plum gin, what’s the best way to serve them?

Gordon Castle Gin Trio

You could, of course, drink them one by one and savour each and every mouthful… or you could get creative (isn’t that what Christmas is all about?) So the first on our list of festive cocktails is a classic gin bramble. This will involve using two of your miniatures, the botanical and the raspberry.

A Gordon Castle Bramble is a delicious drink which uses two of your gin trio making it the perfect concoction to try.

Start by gathering the following:

60ml Gordon Castle Botanical Gin
30ml Freshly squeezed lemon juice
15ml Gordon Castle Raspberry Gin
15ml Sugar syrup
Fresh Mint

To make this drink you simply add your botanical gin, sugar syrup and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well and strain into a short glass filled with crushed ice. To finish,  pour over the Raspberry Gin to create a ‘bleeding’ effect down the glass and garnish with the fresh mint. This is a big favourite amongst the Gordon Castle team so we highly recommend you give it a bash.

Gordon Castle Gin Bramble Cocktail

Plum Gin Fizz is an extremely simple and elegant drink, perfect for your Christmas dinner party!

You will need:
25ml Gordon Castle Plum Gin
15ml Lemon juice
15ml Sugar syrup
Champagne

This drink could not be simpler – perfect for less mess and maximum taste! Firstly, pour the Gordon Castle Plum Gin, lemon juice and sugar syrup into a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well, strain into a champagne flute and then top with champagne.

Gordon Castle Plum Gin Fizz Cocktail

The Gordon Castle Gin Perfect Serve

You will need:
50ml Gordon Castle Gin
Lemon
Lime
Fresh mint
Premium tonic

Creating the perfect gin and tonic is easy. Simply add the Gordon Castle Gin to a chilled highball glass with ice. Add the tonic water to taste, stir once and then add your lemon, lime and mint to garnish, leaving you with a deliciously fresh drink for everyone to enjoy.

Gordon Castle Gin Perfect Serve

And finally, be merry (responsibly!) and have a truly lovely Christmas with lots of friends and family!