We are terrible gardeners.  There can be no beating about the bush - we are awful.  Which is pretty shameful given what a fantastic gardener my father is.  We would love to be better gardeners but neither of us have the discipline to pay the constant attention needed to keep things growing.

However, we are very fortunate in that we have a wild garden surrounding the house, so if we're looking for lovely flowers we only have to step on to Catriona's croft which edges our own garden to find many lovely flowers, particularly after the sheep have been kept off the croft for a while, allowing things to spring up.

I think this is Self-heal, but I'm not sure - I always think of it as Self-heal but looking at the Wiki page for Prunella vulgaris I'm not sure.  The leaves don't look quite right,.  If I am right, then this is edible, although I've never tried it.  It is certainly very abundant both on the croft and in our own garden:

[caption id="attachment_6686" align="aligncenter" width="640"]Prunella vulgaris? Prunella vulgaris?[/caption]

Fungi are already making an appearance, making the landscape feel rather autumnal:

[caption id="attachment_6688" align="aligncenter" width="640"]This one looks edible ... This one looks edible ...[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_6690" align="aligncenter" width="640"]RC-142059-18082013 Whereas this one doesn't![/caption]

On windy hill tops heather clings in the crevices of rocks:


and there are quite a few plants that are completely unknown to me, such as this plant which looks like a succulent:


and this one, which is a very delicate lavender shade:


Of course there are Thistles!  Or as we know them, Westie Enemies, as their sharp thorns are very painful to Westies who are running across the croft:

[caption id="attachment_6692" align="aligncenter" width="640"]RC-142054-18082013 The national flower of Scotland, right on our doorstep[/caption]

And of course, Daisies - always cheerful!: