Saturday, 7 June 2014

Dr Neil's Garden

I've lived in Edinburgh for many years now, but had never even heard of Dr Neils Garden until a couple of weeks ago! Yesterday, we visited this lovely garden, tucked away in the grounds of Duddingston Manse. You walk through three areas of garden. Firstly the relatively formal Manse garden

then a mostly wild area full of white butterflies and two species of damselflies, with whitethroats, dunnocks, wrens and chaffinches singing in the shrubs.

There are lovely views of Duddingston Loch, where we saw a pair of great crested grebes with their two young and some mute swans with seven cygnets.

 then you go through a gate into Dr Neils Garden, where lots of small paths wind through trees and shrubs

there are stunning views of Arthurs Seat

and Duddingston Loch

and lots of lovely flowers including these irises

A wonderful place to relax on a warm sunny day!

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TexWisGirl said...

beautiful greenery!

Dartford Warbler said...

What a lovely secret garden to walk in. So many different habitats.

Caroline Gill said...

What an extraordinary Iris, Juliet ... and a stunning setting for a garden.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a beautiful spot. I love places like this. Lovely photos

César Augusto Severrú Neron said...

my thanks for you! your photos touch my heart e my spirit. Yah Bless Your Soul Scotland!

Maureen @ Josephina Ballerina said...

I'm a sucker for a winding path. Isn't it neat to discover something close by you never knew was there? Reminds my of John Denver's song: Cool and Green and Shady.

bunnits said...

What a beautiful place. Thank you for sharing it.

speedyrabbit said...

that looks beautiful!xx

The Weaver of Grass said...

I do like the way you are always finding secret places around your city Juliet - and that iris is really the most beautiful colour too.

nmj said...

Hey Juliet, I love Dr Neil's garden, like you I had not heard of it, only discovered last year. Just beautiful. And so restful.

eileeninmd said...

What a lovely garden to visit. so many pretty sights to see. Love the iris! Happy Sunday!