Tuesday, June 10, 2008

A Highland Fling

That's what I'm going to have as I'm going on a holiday to Scotland tomorrow. And it's not just any old holiday, oh no, I'm going on a garden tour with a dear friend to see lots and lots of Scottish gardens. Isn't that great? I'll have a lot to blog about when I return. What's that? You are curious to know what gardens I'm going to visit ? Well, for those of you who can't wait until my return and for my garden friend Shirl who asked me about it, here are some spoilers:

Biggar Park
Carnell Garden
Royal Botanical Garden Edinburgh
Portrack House
An Cala Garden Bide-A-Wee Cottage Garden
Drummond Castle Garden
Mount Stuart Garden
Mount Stuart Kitchen Garden
Arduaine Garden

I'll be gone for a week and the under-gardener will look after the Bliss team and the Bliss garden while I'm away. Please keep your fingers and toesies crossed for me that it won't rain the whole time. My teacher English went on a holiday to Scotland once and it rained for weeks. After 2 weeks of rain my teacher asked the hotel owner if it always rained in Scotland. Oh no, the owner said, sometimes it snows.

Cheerio!

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It's the month of June,
The month of leaves and roses,
When pleasant sights salute the eyes,
And pleasant scents the noses.
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37 comments:

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Oh Yolanda you are going to have such a great time. These pictures are not spoilers they are great teases. I can't wait to read your impressions of these fantastic gardens and see your pictures. Be sure to pack your rain gear. You don't want your tours spoiled.

Brimstone said...

Jullie programma ziet er zeer veel belovend uit. Heel veel plezier!!

marl1 said...

Oh- dat wordt een snoepreisje! Ziet er mooi uit allemaal :-)
En gewoon die aankopen nat houden in het bad....hoewel...is misschien niet nodig;-))Veel plezier en mooi weer gewenst!

shirl said...

Hi there Yolanda :-)

Have a wonderful holiday! If the weather keeps up as it has been here for the last few weeks it will be sun cream and a hat you will need and not an umbrella :-D

To give you an idea of my location I am roughly between Drummond Castle and Edin Botanics - not as the crow flies :-D

Drummond Castle is not a typical Scottish Garden but very impressive. My favourite at Edin Botanics is the Chinese Garden. Oh yes... the grey squirrels at the botanics love shortbread if you want to feed them :-D

I am really looking forward to your posts as I haven't visited the other gardens - I love the look of Portrack House! It is always nice to see another gardeners eyes on gardens you know too :-D

I am guessing you are on an organised tour but if you have free time to spend in Perth I could meet you and take you too a very special garden there too - one of my favourites. Email me :-D

Once again - have a great trip :-D

Ruth Welter said...

Yolanda, I will look forward to seeing all your gorgeous Scottish garden photos.

JamesA-S said...

Enjoy Mount Stuart (I planted the vegetable garden there) and while you are on Bute don't forget to go the Ascog Fernery - it is magical.

Pam/Digging said...

Have a great time, YE! The one time I was in Scotland for a week in June, it never rained and the sun shone every day. It was glorious, and I hope you have the same.

Layanee said...

It can't rain all the time as those pictures show sun! Have a great time and we will look forward to your future posts on these gardens.

walk2write said...

Your overseas gardens put our American ones to shame, at least the ones I have visited! I hope you have a wonderful time and get to soak up some sun as well as the beautiful scenery.

Terra Hangen said...

Ooops, I turned green, an appropriate shade for a gardener. Double wow, have a lovely Scottish sojourn.
The photos you posted are great teasers, and I will check back upon your return.

Reflection Through The Seasons said...

Dear Yolanda....
I was so pleased to read about your holiday to see the gardens of Scotland. Have a wonderful time, I’m sure you will. I pray that the weather will be kind, but take an umbrella just in case. Have fun. Look forward to seeing lots of gorgeous pictures and reading your news on your return. Marion

Ewa said...

Dear Yolanda, I wish you a lot of sun, great weather and very nice holiday - see you back soon - we will miss you :)
xoxo

nikkipolani said...

Oh, I can't wait to hear the full report. Have a fantastic time, Yolanda!

Robin's Nesting Place said...

I hope you have a delightful trip! I'm a bit green with envy too.I'll just have to enjoyed these gardens through your blog, it's the next best thing to being there.

Naturegirl said...

Enjoy your tour and vaction ..see you when you arrive home with much inspiration! I will have made a very special announcement by the time you return!! hugs NG

Liane Schmidt said...

Absolutely gorgeous pictures!! Thank you for sharing them!

Best wishes.

Sincerely,

-Liane Schmidt.

Barbara said...

I won't rain (...too much!) Yolanda-Elizabeth!! We had nice weather last year on our garden tour in Scotland (end of May!). You're going to visit beautiful gardens and I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures!
Have a wonderful time!
Barbara

Tracy said...

Oh, how wonderful, Yolanda! And you are already there...hope you are having a splendid time among the gardens! Will be looking forward to your "report" when you get back...Safe, happy travels, my friend ((HUGS))

Cheryl said...

Have a great time Yolanda....I love Scotland. Make sure you take some warm clothes, we went in June a few years ago and it snowed.

The gardens look fabulous, can't wait to see your next post.

Hanneles paradis said...

Lucky you!

Hannele said...

(We visited Arduaine too, are the photos yours?)

Surya said...

Happy holiday, Yolanda..
Hope you have wonderful holiday there. Don't forget to share the picture of garden you'll visit with us.

Karin A said...

I'm looking forward to reading about and see pics from your holiday! Have a nice time in Scotland...

Kram Karin

Casbah Kitten said...

What beautiful photos! I'm just a bumbling amateur gardener, and we live in the desert (sigh) but I'm learning slowly but surely!
Our cats love to be in the garden and Jelly Bean (the youngest) has a passion for eating flower petals!

marga said...

Zo te zien zijn het allemaal hele mooie tuinen die jullie gaan bezoeken......heel veel plezier.

Viooltje said...

That sounds like a dream vacation to me. Scottish gardens! Scotland is one of my favourite places in the world, yet I haven't had the chance to visit half of the gardens you mentioned. I hope you'll have a memorable trip. I know so! Cheers!

rusty in miami said...

I hope you have a great time on your holiday

Marian said...

Snik, ik ben véél te laat met reageren. . . .
Schotland, wow, daar willen wij ook ooit nog eens heen, nu wacht ik gewoon op jouw terugkeer met, waarschijnlijk, veel fraaie foto's en verhalen!

Green thumb said...

Hi there dear Yolanda! The pics suggest that you are going to have a great great time.
The architecture of portrac house is stunning; it gives the impression of a Dolphin's nose.
May you be greeted by some bright sunny days ahead...waiting with bated breath for all the lovely pics and stories you would have had from the trip.

Jane Marie said...

I hope you have/had a lovely trip. We are all anxiously waiting for pictures of what you saw so we can live vicariously through you.

Poppins said...

A holiday in Scotland and visiting gardens - that sounds lovely! Looking forward to a travel report!
Love
Poppins

The Garden Faerie said...

Hope you're having a wonderful time visiting all the great gardens in Scotland, while I'm here in Michigan... NOT! Oh, no, no, I'm not jealous at all. ;-)
~ Monica

Libbys Blog said...

Hope you have had a great time!!

Kylee said...

I hope you're having a wonderful time!

lisa said...

Wow, have a great time!

jodi said...

Glad you're so blissfully busy (and hopefully blissfully happy too, Yolanda. Isn't funny that though I've been essentially offline the past couple of months (as far as visiting blogs is concerned) we are in synchronicity with our blue poppy photos. The climate here is rather like Scotland, actually. Just not as much haggis!

Bon vacance on your next adventure...we'll wait to read about it here!

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