In our quest of experiencing the best that Scotland (and Edinburgh in particular) have to offer, we have ignored a few gems right near our doorstep. We live a mere fifteen minute walk from the Edinburgh Botanic Gardens and the summer solstice celebrations this weekend seemed like a good excuse to visit it properly. The gardens were open till 10.30 PM this weekend plus there was free entry to the glasshouse and an opportunity to be part of an attempt to break the world record for tree hugging. We gathered a few friends, some picnic paraphernalia and wine, and headed out for a few hours in this historic gardens.
If you've read my blog before, you will know I love gardening, gardens and flowers. It is no surprise then that I fell in love with the botanic gardens. I find it incredible that so much plant diversity flourishes in the heart of Edinburgh. The gardens were established in the 17th century so they are like the grandaddy of the Eden Project in Cornwall (another favourite place).
Spring and early summer are great for visiting the gardens and the rhododendrons are in full blooms. The gardens are home to over a hundred varieties of rhododendrons!
The glasshouse ( which is the only bit you need to pay to enter, except this weekend), is a wonderful place full of exotic varieties of plant species; tropical flowers, desert cacti, alpine vegetation and everything else in between. Oh, and there were oriental style ponds full of fat fish! The glasshouse was also home to the most perfect orchids!
There plenty of music and creative 'stuff' on this weekend but I was looking forward to participating in the world record breaking attempt at tree hugging. I wonder how we got on... I'll keep you posted if I find out.
I 'hugged' this ancient tree that had giant oyster mushrooms growing on it. And apparently they are edible. Sadly, they were just a long way up for me to 'pluck' them. Plus, I'm not a mushroom expert so I would not have eaten them anyway.
We finally got booted out of the gardens at around half ten (by which time I was suitably p*ssed on just just a few tiny picnic glasses of wine). Most of our party disappeared and the rest of us headed down for a final pint at the Orchard before heading home. I had a lemonade.
How did you celebrate the longest day of the year? Ann x
Wearing: Boden dress ( altered to suit my dinky frame but ended up being a mini dress as I cut it too far up!), Zara shoes, Ollie & Nic Delicious Apple Bag and Moschino fries iPhone case.