Garden Portrait: Edinburgh Botanic Garden

It is almost 9 months since my visit to Edinburgh, where I finally met the restless lady who takes us on regular walks in the north-east of England and the Algarve where she spends all most some of her time. After a morning of walking the streets of the city we got on a bus and headed out to the Botanical Gardens for an hour or two.

The entrance gate is quite stunning.

Being the end of the summer season the main interest in the garden was seed heads. I found a few interesting ones.

Crab Apple – Malus sylvestris

Insects were still busy collecting the pollen.

We walked and we talked and we finally found our way to the Japanese garden area where the large lily pond enthralled us both and the red bridge enticed us further into the garden.

The not so subtle smell of candyfloss was in the air (Cercidiphyllum japonicum, known as the Katsura Tree) and the leaves on the acers were turning.

Eventually we arrived at the huge glasshouses, but decided against paying to enter as it was such a glorious day after the cold, damp, dreich day before and we wanted to make the most of being outdoors. Besides we really didn’t have the time needed to really take in what was inside.

The borders near the glasshouses were filled with late summer planting and a variety of colourful penstemons lined the pathway to the entrance, but deep in conversation we really only fleetingly took in the beauty of this garden.

Pausing to admire the view over towards Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat in the distance. Places that in order to explore would mean another meeting as our time together drew to a close.

Calton Hill and Arthur’s Seat

It was lovely to finally meet up with Jo and to share a walk with her, so it is only fitting that this post is linked to her walks πŸ™‚



39 Comments Add yours

  1. Wow! This is a spectacular post. The close-ups are perfect, and the ghostly presence of Jo is rather nice too. The seed-heads are sheer delight. I hope all’s going well in your world.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I wonder what her photos of the garden are like. We sort of drifted around the garden, a bit like you and I in Eurobodalla. All progressing well. Are you on WhatsApp Meg?

      1. No. Should I be? What is it? What benefits does it offer? Will I become addicted???

    2. Heyjude says:

      WhatsApp is just a messaging app on your phone which allows you to message people using wifi rather than the phone line (useful for me as my phone signal at home is crap). You can also send pictures and make voice calls too. All for free. If I send photos by text messaging they cost me extra.

  2. Sue says:

    Oooh! My favourites are the paeonia mascula and the images of the Japanese garden….but I didn’t spot Jo!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Haha… no I didn’t take a photo of her there! But she was, honest πŸ™‚

      1. Sue says:

        OK!! 😊

    2. restlessjo says:

      Hmmph! I’m pretty good at dodging a Jude when I need to, Sue. πŸ™‚

      1. Sue says:

        Teehee, you feisty thing!

      2. Lucid Gypsy says:

        You didn’t dodge my lens lovely girl!!!

        1. Heyjude says:

          I confess. I didn’t even think of photographing Jo, until we were about to part company!

        2. restlessjo says:

          Not quick enough πŸ™‚

  3. Aletta says:

    So beautiful Jude!!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks Aletta. We could have done with a whole day there – the glasshouses looked amazing!

  4. Yet another beautiful garden, Jude. We met up with Jo too last year and I’m working on a post about our afternoon together at the moment.

    1. restlessjo says:

      I just told Jude that, Carol. πŸ™‚ I shall keep a low profile for a while but I hope to be meeting Tish next month. More excitement!

      1. Heyjude says:

        Oh, what it must be like to be so popular!

        1. restlessjo says:

          Or good at poking your nose in? πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

        2. Heyjude says:

          I didn’t say that…
          anyway you have such a pretty determined nose.

      2. It’s an added bonus of blogging.

  5. Lovely post, and the title is so appropriate.

  6. restlessjo says:

    So many superb closeups, Jude! How can you imagine that I would dare trot out mine after this? πŸ™‚ Thank you kindly for the mention and for your stalwart support in this enterprise. You know I have my prayer mat out for a happy outcome.

    1. Heyjude says:

      The lady doth protest too much πŸ˜‰ Your photos are gorgeous!

  7. Beautiful! Wish I was there too πŸ˜‰

  8. a magnificent garden….and you captured so many interesting and intriguing details.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thanks. Glad you enjoyed the photos.

  9. de Wets Wild says:

    What a breathtakingly beautiful collection of photos – It must have been quite difficult to leave a place so beautiful!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I find it difficult to leave any garden! And thank you for the compliment πŸ™‚

  10. BeckyB says:

    Wow how did you manage to take so many photos when with Jo! We’re always talking too much πŸ˜‰ wonderful wonderful post. Do hope all is ok in Doncaster xx

    1. Heyjude says:

      I got her photographing flowers too!! Progress is being made, but I am rather overwhelmed by it all. Goodness knows how he feels!

      1. BeckyB says:

        Sending lots of hugs and positive vibes x

  11. What a fantastic walk and with Jo! Some great photos of the seed heads and other sculptured close ups.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  12. Lucid Gypsy says:

    I was wondering what the first seed head were, so cardiocrinum are lovely in both phases aren’t they? i like your crab apple photo best of all, it’s so soft and mellow. The toffee apple trees were falling early to be that fragrant in September, one of the joys of autumn for me πŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Yes I too love that candyfloss / burnt toffee smell. I guess in Scotland the trees turn earlier than in the south of England. I remember noticing that the flowers etc in the south-east were always about 3 weeks ahead of us in Yorkshire.

  13. It’s a beautiful place, and your flower photos are just fantastic.

    1. Heyjude says:

      I’d like to visit the glass houses if I ever get up that way again.

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