Gardening in Shetland can be as challenging as it is rewarding. The climate at 60º North is not always conducive to ideal growing conditions, but as Misa Hay knows, dedication pays off.
Misa grew up in a block of flats in the Czech Republic where she always harboured the dream of owning a small garden. When she moved to Shetland almost 20 years ago her ambition was realised. Her garden is now a place she regularly escapes to, relaxes and enjoys magical moments, whatever the time of year.
She says, “My Shetland Garden is the place where I go in midsummer to breathe and find respite after a busy day at work. It is the place that gives us abundant gifts, such as fragrant rhubarb in early May, when you crave something fresh and zesty after a long Shetland winter.
“It is the home of the most beautiful feeling on a still winter’s day, when we light a fire in the firepit and gather with friends to enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a tasty bite to eat. When you don’t feel the cold, and snowflakes gently flutter in the air.
“These moments are brief, because weather in Shetland changes so quickly – they need to be savoured to their fullest when they happen.”