In line with some of my latest posts about places to go when in need of a little R&R during Edinburgh’s August festivities, I couldn’t not share these pictures from a recent day trip to the Secret Herb Garden. Nestled at the foot of the Pentland Hills, just South of Edinburgh, this place is the very definition of ‘hidden gem’ to me; an oasis of calm with all manner of spots to explore.
I’ve posted about the Secret Herb Garden before – when it had not long opened last year. I immediately fell for its natural charms, and over a year on, it was looking so stunningly verdant in the Summer sunshine that we couldn’t resist taking a few outfit snaps, as my vibrant Laura Ashley frock chimed in so perfectly with our natural surroundings. I found it in Armstrong’s South Clerk St, falling immediately for the almost fluorescent shade, sweetheart neckline and button details. The mint in the pattern coordinates perfectly with my vintage cardi too!
As a wee aside, it seems I’ve inspired others to go to the Herb Garden too, which makes me very happy indeed; I always love hearing from readers and like to know if you’ve been to places I’ve shared here! Jen, from one of my favourite blogs, Little Birdie, posted about her recent visit when she was up from Leeds and her photos are absolutely stunning, showing the Herb Garden looking equally beautiful on a grey day very different to the one I’ve pictured!
On this day the temperatures were in the late 20s, and in the humidity of the greenhouse we could have almost been somewhere tropical. The scent of the herbs and blooms combines with intensity, and it’s a joy to wander among the sweet peas and perch on antique sofas below the vines of ripening peaches. If I was a little more wee, I would have definitely set up home in their floral teepee!
It was sadly a wee bit too hot to sit inside and eat our purchases from the café in the greenhouse, but the Herb Garden has beautifully decorated the seating areas in Summer style; I was coveting the pom-poms and vintage enamelware as well as other random vintage props! How gorgeous are these dried herbs and flowers too? Something I’m definitely going to try and recreate!
We perused the herbs – both inside and out – taking a while to decide what to purchase in our 3 for £10 deal. Something sensible that we would use all the time, or something a tad more exotic?! I adored the old gardening bits, retro baskets and signs – some of which you can purchase in the vintage shop there.
Eventually we settled on a sensible trio of rosemary, thyme and peppermint. All three were things we would use regularly in cooking, but I did feel a pang of regret looking back at these pics for not getting that chocolate peppermint or lemon thyme… That said, the deliciousness of the herbs we did purchase more than makes up for any lack of adventurousness on our part!
Having purchased our herbs, we refuelled with cake from the café (full floral/ herb-infused cake selection pictured on my Instagram!) which, as I mentioned in my last post, is a must-visit. I went for the lavender and white chocolate cake, which was perfectly fragrant, washed down with a latte served in a vintage enamelware mug (I’ve just thrifted a red enamelware coffee pot, and am now coveting this mug and plate!). All in all, our trip to the Secret Herb Garden was the perfect Summertime city escape; I can’t wait to visit again in the Autumn.
Have you been to the Secret Herb Garden before? Where’s your favourite Summertime escape where you live?