Garden secrets are revealed

Admiring the flowers: Helen Rushton tends the flowers in her garden at Bruckhills Croft, near Rothienorman.
Admiring the flowers: Helen Rushton tends the flowers in her garden at Bruckhills Croft, near Rothienorman.

A GREEN-fingered businesswoman who has spent 21 years creating her informal cottage garden is opening her one-and-a-half acre site to the public on Sunday, July 1, between 12noon and 5pm.

As part of Scotland’s Gardens Scheme, Magma Products’ financial director Helen Rushton, will show off her rare horticultural attractions including gigantic Himalayan lilies and the Scottish primrose, a plant seldom seen in the region.

The former grassland encompasses a series of garden ‘rooms’ including a gravel plot with alpines, an orchard, herbaceous borders, fruit and vegetable garden as well as its own wildflower meadow and pond.

Helen also loves to recycle unusual objects in the garden, including old beer crates, while she is always looking for more innovative solutions.

Previous visitors can expect to see a few new additions to the garden. Several new Primulas, as well as two different varieties of Cardiocrinum should be in flower in time for July 1.

Regularly amongst the most popular attractions is the Primula scotica – distinguished from other varieties of Primula by its diminutive stature.

There are very few places where the plant grows in the wild. It is normally only found on Scotland’s north coast heaths and is expected to be in flower in July.

Helen also grows five impressive lily species including the spectacular Cardiocrinum giganteum, which grows to 3m and is currently blooming, plus C. cathayanum and C.cordatum.

Helen said: “The scent in the garden at the moment is just spectacular and I hope people will come out to experience the beauty that we enjoy here.”

Helen’s open garden is supporting Magma Products’ chosen charity, Advocacy Service Aberdeen (ASA). She said: “ASA does an awful lot of great work locally, particularly for people with disabilities and their families, and don’t always get the credit they deserve.”

This year marks the fifth occasion that Helen has opened her home, Bruckhills Croft to the public. Admission to Bruckhills Croft, near Rothienorman, is £4, concessions £3 and free for children. A selection of plants, as well as jams and preserves made from the garden produce, will be on sale.

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