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Aberdeen to Perth

June 28, 2014
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We finally got some of the famous Scottish weather, a wee bit of rain and a bit of cold! We left Aberdeen and made our first stop at Crathe Castle.

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It was overcast when we started and we went from that to a light, misty rain to sun as we walked the gardens with their head gardener. The weather did not slow us down.

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It was another large garden, broken up into six different sections. The first stop was the croquet lawn, then the upper garden with a lot of variety and color, then on to the purple garden. The purple garden was a sea of purple from Walker’s Low nepeta, or catmint, and a purple hardy geranium.

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Then we went to the rose garden.

20140628-205937.jpg then on to the lower gardens and glass houses. They had some spectacular geraniums, fuschia and begonias. I saw my first ever espaliered geranium.

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From the rare to the common, there were so many plants to see. I saw more varieties of mock orange (philadelphus) and deutzia than I ever knew existed.

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We saw giant Echiums

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Plus row upon row of perennials, shrubs and annuals.

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The last garden was the golden garden with all forms of yellow plants, both in flower and in foliage.

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The gardens were quite amazing.

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It warmed up as we walked, and it never really rained hard. Then we were off to Balmoral Castle, the Queen’s Scottish home.

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It was raining a bit when we arrived, so the head gardener got on our bus to give us an overview before we went walking. It rained a bit off and on, but it was light, and the sun did break out as well. They have large vehetable gardens which the plan for peak production between July and September, when the Queen is in residence. The gardens do feed the castle.

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They grow

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They also have cutting gardens, where they take in fresh flowers daily for the castle.

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I loved the saying on the glass house, which was also full of blooming plants that they move indoors and out.

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The property is quite large and has a diverse mix of plants. It was pretty amazing to think we were walking the same paths as the royal family.

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I heard some locals share a story about a wild boar (Razorback!) statue. She said if you touch it, it will mean you will one day return. Our guide had never heard that story, but we did it anyway, just for safekeeping.

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Then it was back on the bus and the road to Perth. Once again we had gorgeous scenery from every angle on the bus. Scotland is quite picturesque.

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A few miles from our final stop for the day, I finally got a photo op for a sign we have been seeing all over.

20140628-213412.jpg It is an elderly crossing sign. Our driver Stewart had never noticed them before, and now we have seen quite a few. He will forever remember our group whenever he sees one from now on–not that we are elderly! We have two days now to explore Perth.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. rebecca loftis permalink
    June 28, 2014 7:41 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing the trip.

  2. Jan Butenschoen permalink
    June 28, 2014 7:45 pm

    What a day you’ve had!!
    Love the old folks road sign!

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