|Through the gorse we go|
On a morning late in April we dug up yellow flag irises in a secluded meadow on the Estate. In the afternoon we transplanted them in a former pasture fronting the scenic road that goes past Eilean Donan Castle and continues on toward the bridge to the Isle of Skye.
|Digging up flag iris rhizomes|
Because success in transplanting irises depends upon rhizome health, Jon taught us to inspect the irises before plunging our spades into the boggy meadow. He showed us how to easily determine the position of the rhizomes so that we could limit the damage we inflicted on the plants while digging. Yet even with our diligent efforts, we occasionally lifted up spindly fans of sword-shaped green leaves with no rhizome attached.
|In the middle distance, a new home for yellow flag irises|
We worked hard throughout our Thistle Camp. But the most difficult bit? Saying good-bye at the end of the week to the Highlands and to fellow team members.
|The 2012 Balmacara Thistle Camp team|
This photograph taken for me by NTS Ranger Babs Macritchie
To learn more about the Balmacara Thistle Camp read my August 2012 guest post on the National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA blog:
To learn more about the National Trust for Scotland's Balmacara Estate visit:
To learn more about National Trust for Scotland Thistle Camps visit: