A Woodland Walk in Balbirnie, Fife

Let’s pretend that we’re going on a wee walk through the local woodlands in Fife. I took these photos on May 20th just when we were grabbing every good day – just in case it was the last of the summer.
Bluebells

It was such a late spring that a week or so before these photos were taken there was hardly any sign of green at all, but suddenly everything just exploded when our seemingly never ending winter lost its grip. There’s a wee wooden bridge in the distance – it’s perfect for playing Poohsticks, but I usually just hang over it nowadays looking for fish, and sometimes I see one or two.
Burn

Burn

The burn is fairly silent until it reaches a tumble of stones and old displaced cobbles, evidence of what had been a ford until the rushing water took its toll.
Burn

woodland path

Here and there there are groves of these ferns, so elegant looking as they unfurl, I think they might be Shuttlecock ferns but there are so many different kinds, I’m not sure. I’ve just noticed that there are hogweeds beginning to grow on the edges, I hope they don’t eventually crowd the ferns out.

Ferns
Ferns
This woodland was part of a Victorian private estate but is now freely open to the public.
Ferns

It’s not all green!
Trees

We’ve now reached the rhododendrons, these ones were obviously planted here because they’re directly opposite the front windows of the ‘big hoose’ which is now a hotel. I just noticed a couple of days ago that those posts with wire fencing on them to the far right of the photo below have small padlocks attached to them, so that fad which started in Paris must still be ongoing, crazy, but no doubt the padlock manufacturers are happy about it. I think the ‘fence’ looks completely out of place though.
Rhoddies

Rhoddies

I hope that that stretched your legs a bit and maybe cooled you down if you’re still stuck in intense heat. The rain arrived here today, I’m not complaining about it as it’s badly needed, I just wish that we could arrange for it just to rain overnight!

Scottish Garden in spring

apple

This is a photo of the apple blossom in my garden. I have a couple of other apple trees which I planted but although they are quite tall they can’t be mature enough to flower yet, so no apples from those ones this year.

fritillaries

The few days of warm weather which we had last week fairly brought the flowers on, these fritillaries are favourites of mine. They look like they’ve been painted by a fairy. The white flowers next to them are a type of viburnum.

tulips

I’m wondering if these tulips will reappear next year or if they will do what they used to do in my old garden and appear for one year only. Apart from the couple which I didn’t plant which came up every year of the 26 years we lived there.

doronicum

Doronicum, well I think that’s what they are but I’m not brilliant with perennials, I’ll have to check my plant labels. Whatever, these yellow flowers which I planted last summer were in flower for months so I was surprised that they flowered again so early in the season. It’ll be interesting to see how long they last.

ferns

The ferns in the nearby woodland are just beginning to unfurl. I can almost hear them stretching up to the light.

ferns

That’s just some of the things which are flowering in my garden now and it’s a cruel fact of life that after I took these photos the wind changed direction and came straight at us from the Arctic, we even had a few snow flurries. I might shiver in the wind but so far the plants are standing up well!