The beech woods surrounding Wemyss Castle play host to magnificent swathes of the elegant Erythronium Revolutum carpeting almost three acres of ground to create a stunning vista of these pale lilac flowers with their marbled green leaves.
The Erythroniums are followed by a mass of bluebells and pheasant eye narcissi. The light through the lime green beech trees contrasts beautifully with the bluebells, giving a wonderful display and the ever-intoxicating childhood memories of a real bluebell wood.
Planted as seeds by Michael Wemyss – our current laird’s grandfather – in the 1970s, it was only when the woods were thinned that the flowers began to appear 25 years later. Every autumn Charlotte scatters more seed.
On the edge of the woods the impressive Magnolia campbellii, planted in the 1930s, stands tall above the garden wall, reaching almost 80 feet.