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Annual Visit to Cambo Snowdrop Festival

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Every year for about four years now, I make a ritual start to my gardening year with a visit to Cambo House in Fife to enjoy their beautiful snowdrop display. This year I took some photos so you could join in!

First, we visited the plant stalls and cafe – it was chilly and we needed some lunch!

These Aconites weren’t the usual yellow, they were more apricot in shade

And here’s some of the famous Cambo Statuary

A lot of ‘Art’ has been added to the garden since our last visit. Here is some I liked….

But this is what we really came to see…the snowdrops growing along the Cambo Burn which runs down through the woodland to the sea…

The burn running toward the sea – don’t worry – it’s not actually a tsunami!

The Burn enters the sea – imagine having this at the bottom of your garden! Great place for a paddle!

Our walk back toward the house….

Some more weird and wonderful art – this one made of sheep’s wool

….and the bluest Irises I’ve ever seen!

Grasses in the walled garden still looking good

Rickety Bridge

Euphorbia

Cambo House and Lawn

Some of the residents!

Leaving the snowdrops for another year…..Thank you Peter and Catherine for sharing your beautiful gardens with us!

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Lovely place ... is it privately owned or N.T. property ? Blue of the Iris is amazing ! : o )

15 Mar, 2010

 

Those snowdrops are amazing, worth the visit for them alone. The blue Iris is gorgous but according to Carol Klein they don't repeat flower. Thanks for the tour.

15 Mar, 2010

 

Privately owned by the Erskine family for about four hundred years I think! The garden is open all year though and they seem to be putting on more and more gardening events every year. It's a lovely place to visit, with the courtytard cafe and plant stalls available most of the year. You can also rent apartments here; hire rooms for weddings etc. When the children were very small they won a prize to have their photo taken by Peter Erskine in the house and it was a beautiful portrait. I don't know if he still does the photography portraits but I would think so. They are evidently a very talented couple, his wife has developed the gardens over the past few years, and runs the snowdrops in the green business. There is a good website if anyone is interested....www.camboestate.com

15 Mar, 2010

 

what a lovely place to visit karen, lovely snowdrops on stream bank, not keen on that art myself, it seems you can just throw anything together and call it art these days lol, but i love the grounds and hall, very nice pics to :o))

15 Mar, 2010

 

Tulip festival from 29th April to 3rd May according to website ... would you please go again and take photos ... have lunch if you like ! lol

15 Mar, 2010

 

lovely photos thank you

15 Mar, 2010

 

Cambo at snowdrop time is always a pleasure to visit, although it is a year or two since we were there. Like San. I can give the 'art' a miss.
Thanks for the pics. Karensusan.

15 Mar, 2010

 

I rather liked the 'art' - nice settings for it. The irises are stunning - Heron, some other members think Carol is talking nonsense just because they don't repeat for her! I'll ditto Megan on that.

15 Mar, 2010

 

glad you agree mr mb, lol

15 Mar, 2010

 

Goodness! There seems to be a dispute over the repeating of the irises! Steady on you guys! Tulips festival....mmmm....I didn't know about this....perhaps I will go back! Watch this space. There is also a rose festival which I might patronise!

15 Mar, 2010

 

Beautiful walks...the snowdrops are stunning.......

15 Mar, 2010

 

Wonderful. Thank you for 'taking' us along. (I always leave the plant sales area to last 'cos I know I'll buy something and don't want to have to carry it around with me). Confession's good for the soul isn't it ... lol :-))

16 Mar, 2010

 

Things have changed in the UK since these large houses were built. Far too many have been pulled down but happily we've kept enough to enable us to see how things were and enjoy the day out. All thanks mostly to the NT and others, but though they do a remarkable job, there's something different about the privately owned ones, I think they reflect the differing personality of the owners. Personally I enjoy imagining how nice it would be to live there lol

16 Mar, 2010

 

Yes, Heron, although having been in the big drawing room I'm not sure it would really be nice to live there! I think I am a small cotttage person, and I don't fancy having that kind of responsiblity on my shoulders either. Mind you, I would love to go paddling in that burn at the sea in the summer! I think you are right thoug about the personality thing. NT properties are lovely too, but they have an atmosphere of something that is dead and gone. In a privately owned estate it is a living developing world and so much the better for that!

Muddy, I went and assessed all the plants, had my lunch, then the walk...thinking how good I was NOT to have purchased anything....then I went back at the end and spent far too much on a double yellow hellebore! No self discipline whatsoever. Mind you, I suppose you could argue that as hellobores like my garden, and a plant lasts for years and years, it was a sound investment!

16 Mar, 2010

 

Ha ha ha ..' it was a sound investment !' ... you just can't argue with that logic can you ?..(one of my personal favourites) ...lol :-))

16 Mar, 2010

 

This is almost on my doorstep - and have never made it yet for the Snowdrop Festival, despite Cambo holding a Nationl Collection. Will try to visit during the Tulip Festival, though.

20 Mar, 2010

 

Hi David, I hadn't realised you were in Fife! I think that gardening on a theme is a great idea for getting the children involved! Maybe bump into you at the tulip festival! :))

20 Mar, 2010

 

Hi Karen! Have printed off the dates from the Cambo website, and put on my noticeboard, so have no excuse now. Thank you for the nice comment on our themed gardening. I should take the children to Cambo to see the pigs, etc. Perhaps I will "bump" into you there. :-)

22 Mar, 2010

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