Today we celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Severe winter gales in this remote part of the country are reputed to be strong enough to pluck a cabbage from the earth and fling it 60 feet! Without the 12-foot high 'Great Wall of Mey', the working garden, comprising around two acres, would not enjoy protection from the fierce winds and salt spray that blow in from the Pentland Firth.
The Queen Mother's experienced green fingers ensured that the garden at The Castle of Mey has prospered. She even managed to nurture her favourite old rose, Albertine, into scented abundance behind the Great Wall of Mey. The garden is full of marigolds, pansies, dahlias, primulas and nasturtiums, while old-fashioned shrub roses and climbers form the highlights of the Shell Garden.