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Still flowering

I love walled gardens, if I discover a walled garden that’s where you’ll find me and my other half. If it has a green house; even better – I love greenhouses too! Culzean has a stunning walled garden that varies throughout the year but always has something new to discover, smell or enjoy. Filled with fragrance and rivers of colour. A haven for wild life too…

Grape Houses

Look at all that glass and pristine paintwork; reminds me of my childhood. I love the warm, damp, green smell of a greenhouse. Grape vines prunes and bearing fruit. Exotic climbers, scaling the walls, in rich deep colours…

Pergola passion!

And perfect pergolas too, a fairly recent addition (we’ve been visiting here for a lo-ong time so everything is relative.) Leading out into the woods along woodland paths to wilder areas of the estate…

Testament to Autumn

The packed borders have bloomed and delighted many a guest but now spent and brown, filled with seed. Waiting for the wind to shake the brittle stems to set them free on the breeze. The gardeners have already started the autumn tidy-up so some areas are bare and brown…

Agapanthus seed heads

African Lilies, in shades of blue and purple, now withered and brown await winter’s cruel blast, far from home…

Educated Thistle

Cardoon stands tall against the sun, an educated thistle, given pride of place. They will still be there well into winter, trimmed with frost, providing shelter and food for finches and wren. I’m hoping the seedlings I planted this year will fair a bit better next spring!

There is so much to see at Culzean Castle  that if you are travelling you should plan to stay for the day. Bring a picnic or eat in the cafe (check opening times). Explore the shore, visit the swan pond, woodland walks, restored buildings or spend time in the second hand bookshop or the castle.

 

 

 

 

 

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Culzean Castle (pronounced Cul-ane) has long been a favourite place to visit. My first memory is of boarding the Dodds coach in Ayr on a bright, sunny afternoon and being driven down the coast road before turning off into the large estate. The Beech lined avenues finally opening up into the coach park, a deer park on one side and the castle glimpsed through the woods. The skirl of bagpipes stealing eerily through the trees as an unseen Pipe Band performed in the formal garden.

A few years later, and it was a field trip for Biology, visiting the “fire pond” and surrounding fields with the park ranger. Being sneered at by older students for wearing white cords – I lived in the country and wore them there so what was the problem? Other pupils from the school were involved in restoration work in some of the older buildings, now the present visitor centre, my brother included. Later on, the Swan pond was a place to be visited with the family. So it was fun to visit recently with smallest daughter and hubby, dodging the showers and enjoying the spells of sunshine…

View from the

There is something for everyone here; from woodland walks, shore walks, bird watching, the Historic house with the Eisenhower suite (a gift from a grateful nation). Formal gardens, walled garden, woodland gardens, deer park, orangery and greenhouses. A place to visit and get lost in, plus a cafe and restaurant when in need of sustenance or warmth! (Do check it can disappointingly be closed 😦 )

Woodland walks

The scenery changes with the seasons and the weather, from the beautiful magnolias and camellias, to daffodils and bluebells, autumn colours and fungi. Kite flying to classic car events…

Restored orangery

Nice spaces to visit or shelter from the weather…

Antique statuary

Interesting statuary and restored buildings…

Outdoor centre and beach

You could spend a day here and never see it all. Because its fairly near (and we are members of the Scottish National Trust), we occasionally drive down and spend an hour or so exploring a new corner. Well worth a visit if you are in the area.

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