De Kruidhof Botanic Garden, the Netherlands

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I don’t think I’ve seen anything like the fungus above, outside of a children’t book illustration. There was quite a colony of them, all shouting “poisonous” with their vibrant red colour.

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This butterfly was having a drink from a sedum flower.

And below it’s a different butterfly on a buddleia. It was a good day for butterflies considering it was mid September.
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The sedums are in the foreground. We almost had the whole of the botanic gardens to ourselves, I suppose if we had gone in high summer it would have been much busier.

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There’s also a great museum attached the the botanic gardens . It has loads of wonderful geological specimens and ancient artefacts going back to neolithic times, well worth a look.

De Kruidhof – Botanische Tuin Fryslan

We had really good weather while we were in the Netherlands, it was that Indian Summer which we often hope for but rarely get, this year it turned up in the Netherlands and Britain.

De Kruidhof

So although it wasn’t quite the best time of the year to visit a botanic garden we decided to visit one anyway. De Kruidhof Botanic Garden was still looking good and it has a great plant nursery attached to it, of course I just had to buy some.

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It must be nice to have a house which backs on to such a lovely botanic garden. Spot who got into the photo above.

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The apple/pear walkway had the most amazing crop of fruit, this is a really beautiful way of growing fruit, if you have plenty of space of course.

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I took lots more photos, but more of those ones sometime later probably. De Kruidhof is a lovely place to visit if you happen to be in that part of the Netherlands.

St Andrews Botanic Garden (Help save it)

We were in St Andrews on Saturday, and as it’s one of my favourite places I was having a good time until someone asked me if I would sign a petition to try to save the botanic garden. Of course I did, but I hadn’t even realised that it was under threat of closure, it would sicken your happiness!

There is an online petition too, so if you haven’t already signed the ‘paper’ petition, please take the time to sign the online one here. It’s open until the 20th May.

If you’ve never been lucky enough to visit the garden, still sign the petition, so that you WILL be able to visit in the future.