Monday, August 1, 2011

Going Green

Is anyone out there shocked today is August 1? I know I am because I feel like July flew by in the blink of an eye. I think this was due to my return from my USA trip, the German's birthday visit, and my brother visiting, and just last week my best friend from College Adrian flew to town for a visit. Both Adrian and I are avid horticulturists, having received our undergraduate degrees from Virginia Tech in horticulture. Adrian now teaches high school horticulture, and I have been waiting to visit the Edinburgh Botanical Gardens until she arrived in Scotland. Yesterday we ventured out via bus to the gardens and they did not disappoint. 

I loved the gate that greeted us as we entered the grounds. 

Our first stop was the Chinese Gardens. They were so beautiful and full of shades of green. 

I was enjoying capturing some of the natural beauties of the plants with my camera. Check out the bark on this tree, it was so colourful and gnarly. 

For lunch we stopped at the John Hope Gateway visitor center. This is a fully "green functioning" building, complete with a rooftop garden. 

The design of the building was very organic and earthy. Adrian and I were loving it! 

We enjoyed a lovely bottle of white wine with lunch to enjoy the summer day in the Burgh. I was super excited it was warm enough to rock shorts! 

After lunch we continue exploring the gardens and I went snap happy on my camera. Check out the hairy leaves on this Rex Begonia! 

Balloon Flower
After exploring the gardens, we decided to check out the conservatory buildings they have on site. Entrance to the gardens is free, and to enter the conservatory's there is a £4 charge, but well worth it in my opinion! 

Adrian hiding in the spanish moss
Gigantic lily pads

Coloful Crotons
Ginger Plant
Chenille Plant

I love carnivorous plants. Here is a pitcher plant that trap insects with their leaves.  
The plant photo marathon continued.....



Passion Flower- my personal favorite photo from the day
Monkey Puzzle tree

When was the last time you hugged a tree? 

The Botanic Gardens are now one of my new favorite places here in the Burgh! With free entry I have a feeling I will be back soon, especially with the weather being so fantastic at the moment. 

Until next time, I will see you on the internet. 

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