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Culzean not Ayr Flower Show

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As some of you know I was going to the Ayr Flower Show last Wednesday with my husband Barry and two gardening friends. We set off with picnic and folding chairs on a sunny day but got a bit lost. We stopped at the post office opposite Burns cottage for directions BUT alas they said the show didn’t start until Friday. OOPS! We decided to go to Culzean Castle instead……. We had a lovely picnic at the Swan Pond then a fantastic walk round the Walled Garden. We bought some plants then back to The Stables for tea and cake. What a day!!!! Barry and I did go to The Ayr Flower Show on Friday but it was very poor. Few growers, not enough plants and the prices were high. One stem or maybe two for £3.50. They were leggy and probably wouldn’t last. I did get a lovely Streptocarpus Crystal Ice, a Fushia Thalia and some Ornithogalum bulbs.
Barry took the photos and as you can see the bonsai and the cacti were the only plants that impressed him. :o)

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Linda nice walled gardens .

Its years since last I saw these.

So was nice to see again Thank you.

And Thalia a nice fuchsia used to have that one many yrs ago but sadly lost it over the yrs to a cold winter.

A nice day out.

6 Aug, 2013

 

Very impressing borders full of summer colour.
I wonder how they keep everything upright. Good staking or interplanting?

6 Aug, 2013

 

We went to Culzean last year and loved it.....the castle and the gardens, the house is fascinating too.....making gas from coal technology kept the men happy while I absorbed the gardens....
I,d love to go back.....
Have you been to Drumlanrig?
We really enjoyed thst too

6 Aug, 2013

 

They have a mesh system the full length of the border. I tried it once but it was difficult to weed and make changes Costas. I had Thalia before Kath. It grew really big and the contrast between leaf and flower is beautiful.
We thought a lot of growers probably couldn't afford the fee. We paid £14.00 each to get in and that was a concession ticket. It is a three day event, so it must be costly for the growers. They have invited cooking demos, singing acts food stalls and garden extras. Just not enough companies who specialise in plants Bilbo.

6 Aug, 2013

 

I liked the way those Cacti were set out. Really attractive.

6 Aug, 2013

 

I think we need to visit Drumlanrig Castle. It look wonderful Pam.
Barry liked the Cacti too Diane. He had the camera so this is his choice. The Lilies, Streptocarpus and the Alliums were nice too.

6 Aug, 2013

 

Awesome borders and I do love those bonsai and cacti displays, looks like a wonderful place to visit!

6 Aug, 2013

 

In the past Louisa it has been great but I felt it was not worth the entrance fee this year. Culzean is fantastic...it is National Trust.

6 Aug, 2013

 

I'm glad you had an enjoyable day in the end.
I would have taken photos of the cacti too :o)

6 Aug, 2013

 

Funny you should say that Hywel ....Barry said we should photograph the Cacti for you. :0))

6 Aug, 2013

 

Thank you Barry :o)

6 Aug, 2013

 

Drumlanrig is owned by the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry, I,d say no expense spared
There is a high terrace where youlook down on beautiful pattererned carpet bedding.

7 Aug, 2013

 

those borders are amazing - how much work it must take to make something look this "casual"!

7 Aug, 2013

 

Sounds wonderful Pam.
My friend Barbara called them inspirational Fran. The gardener there was very helpful too.
Barry says you are welcome Hywel.

7 Aug, 2013

 

:o)

7 Aug, 2013

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