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Scottish National Gardens Scheme...Mountquhanie, Fife

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Mountqhanie Castle…meaning bog of St Kenneth…is a castle dating from the 13th century, now in ruins. The Wedderburn family owns the castle and the present house built lower down the slope of the land and probably built using stone from the castle itself.

Anyway, the family open their property under the national gardens scheme to allow the public to see their ‘daffodil collection’. They have at least 21 varieties. Unfortunately, none of them labelled and no bulbs for sale.

In fact, the only plants for sale had been imported from a local nursery, but that’s ok as I managed to hunt down two lovely Anemone Nemerosas, and I might go back and find the nursery later and have a proper browse at their treasures!
Anemone Nemorosa ‘Virescens’

Anemone Nemorosa ‘Vestal’

OH not impressed I have to say. Mostly by the lack of chairs and tables for tea and cake, which we didn’t have, and lack of garden. There was none, no garden at all, not even a daffodil garden. This was a field of daffodils.

On the other hand, if it weren’t open we would never get to see the lovely castle ruins, the house, the views or the very pretty little cottage further up the hill which I quite fancied buying..only it wasn’t for sale!!

What a glorious day though…..absolutely fantastic, and those daffodils were very pretty in the sunshine!

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Is Scott turning into a Grumpy Old Man then Karen, I have one to match him down here if he is. No chairs indeed, mind you think I would have had a moan if I could not have had tea and cake. Pictures are great as usual. I like the cottage on the hillside also. Wouldn't mind a walk across those hills either. lol. Pleased the sun was shining for you.

10 Apr, 2011

 

Thanks Karen, lovely blog and what a lovely flower on the plant you bought

10 Apr, 2011

 

Thanks mum....they did have some tables and chairs but they were all taken :(

Cinders, they both have 'flowers' only the green one has green flowers...well bracts really! thank you!

10 Apr, 2011

 

Lovely, Karen, especially the Anemones!

10 Apr, 2011

 

Yes, thanks Sheila. it was worth going just to get them! I very rarely see anemone nemorosas on offer in any of my local GCs or nurseries.

10 Apr, 2011

 

A pretty spec for a castle :) Nice in the sunshine to get out for awhile. Love your plant in flower.

10 Apr, 2011

 

Oh it was such a beautiful day J. Really good for the soul!

10 Apr, 2011

 

I think they should have had some seats dotted about the place for people with mobility problems like me. I can't walk very far without stopping and sitting, so I would probably not have been impressed either lol
But what a lovely lot of daffodils :o)

11 Apr, 2011

 

Glad you had a lovely day out,Karen,and your plants are lovely..shame about the lack of other things though...at least you were out in the sunshine :o)

11 Apr, 2011

 

Its me who likes to sit and then just dream! So I would have been miffed too, Lol. I love pic. no 3. Karen just beautiful.

11 Apr, 2011

 

Yes, Hywel, I agree. I had the feeling that they weren't all that interested.....but then they are not gardeners at all, so why would they be? I didn't see a single tulip or anything. The walled garden has been given over to the bulls! This is a family that are very interested in farming cattle! I think the gardeners there would have much preferred a look around my garden to be honest!! lol But actually, I don't wish to sound grumpy, I really enjoyed seeing it. A lovely place! GG, my OH doesn't do sit and dream....I think I shall go on my own next time!! :))

11 Apr, 2011

 

It must have been a wonderful sight. I'm glad you enjoyed. But pitty the owners seem so disinterested. Never mind - perhaps the daffodils are best left alone :)

11 Apr, 2011

 

It looks a beautiful place Karen. I find ruins very appealing.

11 Apr, 2011

 

Yes, me too, it's the 'Romantic' in us Annie! I love to imagine what it would have been like in its heyday and what it would have been like to live there.

11 Apr, 2011

 

I love the little turret in the first pic, I bet that rooms quaint inside

11 Apr, 2011

 

Oh yes, that cottage is lived in and I could see toys etc. in the window of the turret. That's the bit I would want to live in!

11 Apr, 2011

 

....but at the beach this morning I saw this 1930s house backing right on to the dunes and I soooooooooooo coveted it!!

11 Apr, 2011

 

Sounds like the house from the book 'Rebecca'!!, Karen.

11 Apr, 2011

 

Oh no not at all GG. It was more of a 'cottage' than a mansion house. Now what was the name of that house again....Manderley, that was it! Yes, in the film it was a stunning house, but this one on the beach was more of an 'arts and crafts cottage'. It was nothing glamourous and it had no special architectural merit really...but there was something about it that made me really think it was destined to be my home!! If I keep meditating on that, you never know what might happen!! lol

11 Apr, 2011

 

lovely pictures, shame about the lack of chairs but those daffodils look lovely in that setting

many thanks for the recommendation of the edinburgh botanical gardens karen ~ we had a really lovely trip there.

11 Apr, 2011

 

Interesting blog, loved your purchases, shame about the lack of facilities and garden, would not do for me either.

11 Apr, 2011

 

Ooooh! Sticki!....I forgot all about your Edinburgh Trip...what a lovely weekend for a visit to the Botanic Gardens!!!! Can't wait to see your blog.......??

Thanks DD.....it didn't help that Arsenal were on the telly, so OH had made a sacrifice to go and I didn't tell him that it would probably only be daffodils!!! ;)))) naughty me!!

12 Apr, 2011

 

i was sooooo lucky with the weather!!! the gardens were probably the highlight so very many thanks for your idea. when i got to the gates i recognised them from an earlier blog ~ was it yours?
they are amazing gates ~ more impressive than holyrood's!!

12 Apr, 2011

 

yes, the gates were in my blog!

12 Apr, 2011

 

Good blog Karensusan...
lovely pics :o)

13 Apr, 2011

 

Thanks TT

13 Apr, 2011

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