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Day 5 - Day 3 in Edinburgh

Royal Botanic Gardens

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While waiting for our first bus, we were delighted to watch a small flock of Goldfinches devouring Dandelion seeds.


Today we really tested our knowledge of Lothian buses. We took a 10, as usual, from close to our flat towards Ocean Terminal (where we had disembarked to visit the RY Britannia). We than took a 16 through rather less salubrious areas heading westwards and changed to an 8 which dropped us by the east gate of the gardens. This gate has a rather blind entrance so we missed this and walked around the gardens about 800 metres to the west gate. This was opportune as, by now we were hungry and the east gate does not have a restaurant! We had a very tasty lunch before exploring the gardens.

Compared with, say Kew Gardens, these are quite small. Kew is about 300 acres and Edinburgh about 72. Nonetheless, this small package delivered. We walked up to the highest point from which we could see various parts of the city skyline, including the "folly" monument to the Napoleonic War dead, apparently unfinished due to lack of funds and providing a view which suggested to some that Edinburgh is the Athens of the North. The castle was also, of course, very visible.


We roamed through other interesting areas to the Azalea Garden where the colours were quite eye-popping.


Judith was very envious to see a woman sitting on the grass creating a beautiful water colour image of one of the coral-coloured Azalea blooms, very talented.

We worked our way through Chinese and Nepalese plantings which were fascinating and colourful.

Across the park on a hillside was a very interesting area which had so many beautiful flower species that is hard to recall them all, although the Trillium I find fascinating. The blue Meconopsis were just coming into bloom and we could see the attraction of growing these if you have the right conditions. One of the areas that really impressed was where they had a few species of the orchid Cypripedium growing and flowering. An information board nearby assured us that these can be grown in UK gardens - what a challenge!


As we neared the east gate and exit, we loved the large rockery area, planted with flowers from all over the world but ones which enjoy rocky slopes.


On our journey back, we managed the trip on two buses, the 36 to the road where we could pick up the 10 back to the flat, in plenty of time to get packed ready for our departure the next day.

Posted by SteveJD 21:04 Archived in Scotland Tagged gardens scotland edinburgh orchids buses azaleas Comments (1)

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