The flowers of Fife and Cambo Estate

I spent this weekend in Fife, braced for a cool and wet blast of weather as per the forecast. We went for a trip to St Andrews to visit the museum and took a walk through the University grounds where there were colourful tulips and primulas in abundance.

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Contrary to expectations, the sun burnt through the clouds and it turned out to be a glorious day. As we walked around the town centre, I was positively charmed by this golf bag outside one of the pubs – the flowers seemed pretty happy to be there, which maybe just goes to show that the sky’s the limit when it comes to choosing containers to grow in.

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The afternoon trip was the real highlight – we went for a visit to Cambo Estate, which is a country house just 10minutes drive outside St Andrews. It’s famous for its annual snowdrop festival in February/March where the grounds boast more than 350 different varieties.  It’s been years since I last visited but it was every bit as magical as I remembered it to be – and there was even a few snopdrops still to see.  We went for a walk through the woodlands and at the end we found a huge display of gorse, smelling sweetly of coconut. On the way back we wandered into the beautiful walled garden where there was yet more wonderful tulips, the start of a vegetable crop of broad beans and a huge big blossom tree – colourful, enchanting and full of life.

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If you’re ever in the region I’d firmly recommend a visit.  They have accommodation, a wonderful cafe and also do a variety of RHS courses and classes throughout the year which are well worth checking out. I feel thoroughly nurtured and happy that spring is here at last.

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