Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Spring in the Scottish Borders

As the clocks went forward and we entered British Summertime 'twas a typical British Bank Holiday weatherwise - some sun interspersed with bucket loads of rain :-/ Still did provide some wonderful natural phenomenon - 

double rainbow over Jeans back garden
Easter Friday was by far the best day so took ourselves off up the Solway coast, through Dumfries and Galloway, firstly to the Logan Botanical Garden. Set at the south western tip of Scotland it benefits from the warming influence and mild conditions created by the Gulf Stream it hosts over 5,000 different trees, shrubs, herbs and bulbs.

rhododendrons, azaleas and magnolia were in full bloom here
yet elsewhere they are still in bud
yep, palm trees in Scotland :) centerpiece one of the oldest known trees
with only around 100 or so growing in the wild
amazing rebirth of giant wild rhubarb
Then onto Castle Kennedy Gardens, inspired by the 2nd Earl of Stair in the early 19th century. The gardens contain  terraces and land sculptures bounded on one side by the White Loch and on the other the Black Loch. Through the centre, leading from the castle ruin to the stately home is a 150 yo Monkey Puzzle Avenue.

entrance to the
walled garden
in season the pond is a carpet
of Victorian water lilies

Finished off the long weekend with a walk round Talkin Tarn, not far from Carlisle. Arrived in sunshine, got half way round and the heavens opened - we got drenched - then drove back through blue skies and sunshine again!

Ah yes - a typical British Bank Holiday !

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