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Flowers of Scotland

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

This evening, I am embellishing my flowers theme by including cactus flowers from nearby Queen's Park Botanic Garden, Glasgow. These first two images were taken this afternoon and provide an interesting colour dimension to Spring.

The following two images are from a vast collection of daffodils at Greenbank Garden, a National Trust property south of Glasgow.

This is Narcissus Ellen
Narcissus Southern Bell

Elsewhere today:

  • Met up with my techie friend to discuss various aspects of the website and blogs going forward. Quite a few interesting ideas to implement over the coming months.
  • Responded to a wide range of tour enquiries from around the world for both this year and next.
  • Designed an itinerary for a private Scottish Highlands tour for later next month.
  • Posted information to my GlasgowAncestry blog on Hopper family history.
Looking at the bigger picture, main news item is the continuing effect of the volcanic dust cloud on air travel (and tourism). It appears that prospects for the U.K. are not likely to improve much until the weekend. In the meantime the airlines are bleeding cash. Fortunately, May tends to be a relatively quiet month and hence I have no cancellations as of today.


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Spring Garden at House for Art Lover, Scotland

Saturday, April 17, 2010

This afternoon I went round to Charles Rennie Mackintosh's House for Art Lover, Glasgow, principally to view the garden which is usually kept in very good shape. As the images below show, I was not to be disappointed. Top image shows a notice above the entrance which reads:

The kiss of the Sun for pardon
The songs of the bird for mirth
You are nearer God's heart in a garden
Than anywhere else on the earth.

Image immediately above is a side elevation of the House itself with some seasonal garden colour.

Image below shows the central garden walkway with colourful plants and topiary.

The following two images are of colourful polyanthus.

Here is a colourful flower bed which gave off a wonderful scented aroma.

I took a fancy to this interesting shrub which could be a Tulip Tree.

Finally, I am tracking back to my recent visit to Greenbank Garden and it vast collection of daffodil varieties.

This is Narcissus Malvern City.

An interesting corner at Greenbank.

Narcissus February Silver

Narcissus Flower Carpet

Weather today was dry but a few degrees colder than yesterday.

Elsewhere today:

  • Posted information on Ferguson Ancestry to my GlasgowAncestry blog. One member of this family died in Colorado, USA in 1890. I wonder if he has any descendants there?
  • Worked on an extension to a small group tour scheduled for July.
  • Called a Canadian client to assist with a self-drive tour of Scotland and Ireland for August.
  • Had confirmation in of a self-drive tour for a couple from the U.S.
Skies remain deadly quiet due to the Icelandic volcano, no doubt causing much disruption to the travel industry. Will be interesting to see how this situation unfolds over the next few days.


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Spring Blooms in Scotland

Thursday, April 15, 2010

This evening, I am continuing my theme of Springtime which I think is apposite-its a sunny day with lots of emerging colours.

Images follow on from yesterday with examples of the wide range of daffodils found at Greenbank Garden near Glasgow.

This is Narcissus Pentwan

Narcissus Copperfield

Narcissus Golden Anniversary

Narcissus Cardiff
If anyone out there is seeking a dedicated Gardens Tour of Scotland or England then let me know!

Main news of the day here is the (invisible) volcanic ash cloud which is covering the U.K. and most of Europe at a height of about 30,000 feet. This has resulted in an unprecedented shut down of British airspace together with wide ranging airport closures around northern Europe. The culprit is an active volcano in Iceland which on its own has achieved what many 'green' eco protesters have long sought in the form of a shut down of air transport with resultant reduction in carbon footprint. It will be interesting to see how long the eruption continues and how such will affect the aviation industry. Another headache for airline management!

Elsewhere today, I have been working on a new tour enquiry and posted information on McIlraith family history to my GlasgowAncestry blog. If it were not for a guest's family bereavement I would be out touring in this pleasant weather.


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Spring Daffodils, Scotland

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

This evening, I am focusing on a horticultural theme as manifested in Spring Narcissus blooms. Earlier today I cycled up to nearby Greenbank Garden which is renowned for its collection of 350 named daffodils. During my short visit I was able to locate 21 different species a selection of which are provided below.

This is Narcissus Soestdijk

This is Narcissus Smiling Maestro

This is Narcissus Miss Muffet

This is Narcissus Lemon Silk

Elsewhere today, I have arranged private tours for a visitor in Inverness and Edinburgh, exchanged correspondence re a prospective Whisky Tour and received an enquiry for a tour in 2011. Sadly, a private tour of the Scottish Highlands which was in early stage discussion was cancelled when the clients changed their mind. As with most years, I find June extremely busy but May less so.

Posted information to my GlasgowAncestry blog on Stewart family history.

Weather here in Glasgow was dry and sunny if a little cool.


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Gardens Tour Scotland

Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Today, I have ben preoccupied in researching a Scotland gardens tour including Greenbank, Benmore, Inveraray, Crarae, Arduaine, An Cala, Abriachan, Cawdor Castle, Explorers, Branklyn and Bell's Cherrybank. This will be undertaken over four days. Have also been working on a golf tour for 2011.

Image above was taken at Grantown-on-Spey a few days ago. Unusual to see pheasant and duck feeding together.

Posted information on White family history to my separate GlasgowAncestry blog.

Weather in Glasgow is cold with a hint of snow. Far worse conditions elsewhere in Scotland and Northern Ireland.


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Christmas Garden Walk, Scotland

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Another cold, foggy day in Glasgow with hints of ice on the ground.

This afternoon, my wife and I participated in garden walk at nearby Greenbank Garden with an underlying Christmas decorations theme.

Greenbank House is a mansion dating from the late 18th century when it was constructed by an entrepreneur engaged in the then lucrative tobacco trade with what are now Southern States of the U.S. For an appreciation of the property see image no 2 below.

Greenbank now belongs to the National Trust, a heritage organisation which uses the property as an administrative base.The gardens are well regarded in horticultural circles and are open to the public throughout the year. There are also plants and bulbs for sale as per image no 1 below.

Here is the tour group at rear of the property.

This is Viburnum, an evergreen which produces white flowers during the winter time.

This an aspect taken at front of Greenbank and shows false windows. In past times there was a tax on windows so this was probably an architectural feature with tax avoidance in mind!

Here is a Highland Cow, forming part of a small herd in a field at the front of Greenbank House.

Here is a local overjoyed with a Christmas wreath.

More information:

  • Greenbank garden is comprised of heavy, clay soil.
  • There is a collection of 500 daffodil varieties at Greenbank. In April there is a Daffodil Day.
  • Herbaceous plants have collapsed with weight of recent precipitation and require tidying up.
  • For manufacture of seasonal wreaths a wide range of local trees and shrubs can be used including Dogwood, Holly, Atlantic Cedar, Grand Fir, Laurel, Hedgehog Holly, Box. Also Sphagnum Moss to retain moisture within the decoration.
An interesting afternoon, albeit not quite what we had envisaged!


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Scottish Garden in the Fall

Thursday, October 22, 2009

This morning, I paid one of my periodic visits to Greenbank Garden, about six miles south of Glasgow. The house and garden date from the 18th century and there is always something here to appreciate, right through all the changing seasons. The walled garden may have been originally designed for growing fruit and vegetables. There is also an upper garden with lawn and avenue of formal yew trees.

The soil at Greenbank is heavy clay but over the centuries has been extensively worked and is now able to support a wide variety of plants.

The videos below reveal some of the thirty different enclosures leading into one another, separated by dense borders and hedges of yew or privet.

Overall, a pleasant and peaceful place which is open to the public for most of the year.

This image shows the Green Man at front of the house.

Garden scene.

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Colourful Spring Garden Glasgow Scotland

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

This afternoon I visited House for Art Lover garden, Bellahouston Park. As will be seen from the images below, the garden is a great credit to the people who manage it. Immaculate with vibrant colours generated by the daffodils and tulips and something of a hidden gem in the Glasgow scene.



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Tour of Greenbank Garden Scotland

Monday, March 31, 2008

This morning I went out in the sunshine to take some images of the emerging spring.

I went to Greenbank Gardens and here are the results

Daffodils and Narcissus coming into bloom in the woods.

Garden pond with duck
Garden view
Garden view
This statue/fountain is called 'Foam' and dates from 1938 when it featured in the Empire Exhibition, Glasgow.
Another garden view.
Greenbank was very quiet and relaxing, yet very close to Glasgow.


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Glasgow Spring Garden Tour

Saturday, March 08, 2008

This morning I went out (during a break in the rain) to take some photographs of the emerging flowers in Bellahouston Walled Garden, Glasgow (near House for Art Lover).

Provided below are images of a colourful spectacle including crocus, daffodils, polyanthus ( I think!), snow drops and more.

Overall, quite a feast for the eye!

For more information on tours of Scotland's gardens visit this web page.


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Garden of Cosmic Speculation Tour

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

This is not the result of a hedge fund manager using an illegal substance! In fact this garden is located in the Borders area of Scotland and is owned by a businessmen who has a full time garden staff to manage and develop this unique confluence of art and horticulture. Visits are by appointment only but well worth the effort.

Enjoy the images below.

Visit Scotland's gardens with Catswhiskerstours


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