Sunday, 28 May 2006

Another Grand Day Out.

     

 

Good Afternoon, Yesterday Stuart and I decided to go visit Glendoick Gardens as this is the best time of the year as they specialise in Rhododendrons and cultivate their own. We arrived in good time to spent the morning and went in to the Garden Centre to get our tickets as instructed only to be told the gardens are only open Monday to Friday April/May. What a shame not opening on a Saturday when all the poor people that work would be visiting (Only joking) anyway that put paid to my bright idea for the day. Don't have many nowadays. We did the usual and went to the coffee shop for a coffee and a scone.  I then had another thought  gee my brain was working overtime "what about we go to Dundee as we are nearly there anyway and go to the Botanic Gardens". Stu thought that was a good idea so after a short walk round the garden centre bought a birthday present for Lisa and a deciduous Azalea for our garden we set off for Dundee. (Home City). It was very bright and sunny when we arrived and we set off round the gardens. We had intended to come earlier this spring to see the Magnolias and the Camellias but had not gotten round to it with one thing or another in our busy lives LOL.  Most of the Magnolias and camellias were past their best but the Rhododendrons were looking very good as you will see from the pictures.  We were caught in a very heavy shower so we stood under one of the magnificent trees till it eased but it came on even heavier, I did have my small brolly in my bag but its not much use for two people and did not have a coat on silly me trusting the weather you would think at my age I would have learned something, however time for another coffee and a bacon roll till it went off.  Sun out again so off we went again.  The Gardens have become a very popular spot for taking wedding photographs there were 5 wedding  while we were there lots of lovely brides and all those kilties.  We continued now the sun was shining again and then visited the huge glasshouses. Stuart then had a treat as there was a painting exhibition on in the visitors centre so we had a nice walk round there and had a chat to one of the artists. All in all a grand day out enjoyed very much by both of us. Hope you enjoy the pictures I certainly enjoyed taking them.    Have a restful Sunday. Love

                              

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9 comments:

jeanno43 said...

Beautiful photos.  I love the blue poppy and the giant water lily, reminds me so much of Kew Gardens.  Wish we had taken lots of photos when we went there but only got a couple most of it was video.  Sounds like a lovely place to go your Botanical gardens. Thank you for sharing
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msecz said...

I did enjoy all the pictures... good thing you thought of another place to go and you had a couple of coffees too. Even if it rained for awhile I bet it was a nice time... thanks for sharing the pictures, Sandra

ally123130585918 said...

Joan I loved the pictures and that blue flower it was really beautiful ~ as were all the others ~ Seems odd for Glendoick Gardens to close on a Saturday ~ perhaps in June they will Open all days of the week ? the glasshouses looked good ~ and a painting exhibition for Stuart to see ~ Bet he was happy about that ~ hope you are enjoying this long weekend ~ Ally

jlocorriere05 said...

I'm so glad you found the gardens open at Dundee, they look beautiful. I love rhodedendrons and magnolias. Glad you had a good time and thanks for sharing the pictures! Jeannette xx  

mllevl said...

Now why did I never think of visiting the botanic gardens in Dundee.!!!  I will make a point of doing so now I have seen your pics.  Eve

labdancer51 said...

Hi Joan,  Thanks for posting the lovely photos of the Botanical gardens.  I love flowers and that would be my idea of a good afternoon out.  I liked the small peony and the white Magnolia, I haven`t seen that one before.  We have a deciduous Azalea, it`s a beautiful orange colour and it`s in flower at the moment though past it`s best.  I always take an umbrella with me, just in case! :o)

Sandra xxxx

astra1547 said...

Lovely pictures, Joan!

Astra!

jeadie05 said...

I'm so pleased you found somewhere nice to go and view the beautiful flora and share your lovely pictures with us ,what a bonus for Stuart to find the painting exihibition .....Jan xx

jmoqueen said...

looks like you had a fab time and well done for thinking of it :-)  Is that all your good ideas used up now ;-)  oooooooo aren't I cheeky lol xx  Love the pics!!