The Garden Guide

Book: Gardening tours by J.C. Loudon 1831-1842
Chapter: Northern England and Southern Scotland in 1841

Corehouse to Peebles

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Corehouse to Peebles. Mr. Cree, the nurseryman at Lanark, described to us some immense silver firs, planted by Lord Hyndford, which had lately been cut down on a neighbouring estate, and were the largest, he thinks, in Scotland; and he recommended us to visit Carstairs, where, having seen it in 1804, we were aware that there were many fine old trees. Time, however, would not permit, and besides it was Sunday; so we passed on to Biggar, noticing some curious branchy-headed larches in the hedge-rows near Hyndford Bridge, and that the pasture fields were covered with weeds, chiefly ragwort, ripening their seeds. Worse farming we did not see in any part of Scotland, though here and there we found preparations for thorough draining.