Lennoxlove – Haddington.

The origins of Lennoxlove date back to 1345 when an estate called Lethington was purchased by Robert Maitland, Thirlestone, the Maitland family tree have links back to both William the Conqueror, and at some point in mid 1300s and early 1400s they built a large three storey tower house which they called Lethington Tower.

Lethington Tower would have been surrounded by a walled courtyard, in which ranges of other buildings would have stood. In the 1540s Lethington Tower was attacked and badly damaged by invading English forces, during the Henry V111’s ” rough wooing ” of Mary Queen of Scots, intended to gain Scottish agreement to her marriage to Henry’s son Edward. It was subsequently repaired by Sir Richard Maitland. His son, William Maitland served as Secretary of State to Mary, Queen of Scots and played a role in the murder of Mary’s secretary, David Rizzio by her husband Lord Darnley.

The walled garden and surroundings Lennoxlove House.

The famous Walled garden at Lennoxlove, and an abundance of wildlife to be found.

Robin redbreast – Robins breed throughout the British Isles and are common visitors in our gardens and can be quite tame as you can see in my photographs.

Photos – Irene Higgenbotham.

A haven for Bumble Bees.

Most Bumble Bees are social insects that form colonies with a single queen. The colonies are smaller than those of honey bees, growing as 50 individuals in a nest. Female Bumble Bees can sting repeatedly, but generally ignore humans and other animals. Cuckoo Bumble Bees do not make nests : their queens aggressively invade the other nests of other Bumble Bee species, kill the resident queens and then lay there own eggs, which are cared for by the resident workers, thats the way to do it !!!!

Like their relatives the honeybees, Bumble Bees feed on nectar, using their long hairy tongues to lap up the liquid, then add it to the stores in the nest, and pollen to feed their young. They forage using colour to identify flowers to feed from.

Bumble Bees are important agricultural pollenators, so their decline in Europe, North America and Asia is acause for concern. The decline has been caused by the loss of habitat, the mechanism of agriculture, and pesticides.

View looking south from Lennoxlove House.

And Peacock Butterflies –

The peacock is a common sight in gardens in the UK and with quite spectacular eyes on the upperside of the hindwings that gives this butterfly its name. These eyes must appear very threatening to predators, such as mice, that confront this butterfly head on. where the body forming a ” beak ” , as shown in image above.

This butterfly is able to make a hissing sound by rubbing its wings together that can be heard by human ears.

The Cabbage white…..
is the UK’s most common butterfly, seen absolutely everywhere……the enemy of all gardeners.

Photos by Irene Higgenbotham.
The Red Admiral……….is a frequent visitor to gardens throughout the British Isles and one of our most well known butterflies, its markings are unmistakable with velvety black wings intersected by striking red bands. This butterfly is a migrant to our shores, as most individuals are unable to survive our winter, especially in the cooler regions of the British Isles.

Lennoxlove House.

Posted – Irene Higgenbotham – 1st August 2018.