No flower we saw was so lovely as the bluebell.

Bluebells Culloden

Near Culloden


Bluebells, Pink Campion,
and Unidentified, in the Trossachs

At Loch Ness

Bluebells in the Trossachs
(Don't miss the wee beastie.)


Bluebells on the Isle of Skye

Heather at Culloden


Gorse at Loch Ness

Scotch Broom at Loch Lomond

Gorse on the Cardross Road

At first glance, gorse and broom may appear to be the same,
but broom is a more delicate shade of yellow and grows in a more vertical direction.


Rhododendron at Armadale Castle
on the Isle of Skye

Clematis at Armadale Castle


The Garden at Balloch Castle
by Loch Lomond


Another rhododendron at Armadale was fully thirty feet high,
but its blossoms were spent, leaving it less than attractive.



Heather ordinarily is seen in August, and thistle typically blooms in July.
We have no photographs of Scotch thistle to share,
but you might enjoy the "Legend of the Thistle" and "The Thistle of Scotia".


Legend of the Thistle


  Adopted as Scotland’s national emblem more than eight centuries ago,
the Thistle recalls the legend from ancient days
that it saved a band of weary Scottish warriors from Danish invaders.

  Beginning in 794 A.D. and for a period of more than 300 years,
the Vikings of Denmark repeatedly invaded
the islands and coastlands of Scotland.
On one occasion, as night fell and Scottish warriors
rested in a field, a Viking raiding party crept up to attack them.
The darkness proved more an enemy than a friend since it hid
from the invaders’ eyes the bed of thistles
on the ground before them.  The thorny plants
pierced the bare feet of the Vikings,
causing them to cry out in pain, awaken the Scots,
and bring destruction upon themselves.

    The Thistle is a fitting emblem for the people of Scotland,
who for many centuries have survived the harshest conditions and the cruelest tyrants.

The Thistle of Scotia

Let The lily of France in luxuriance bloom,
Let the shamrock of Erin its beauty maintain,
Let the rose of fair England still waft its perfume,
But the Thistle of Scotia will dearest remain.

'Twas the badge that our fathers triumphantly wore
When they followed their sovereigns to vanquish the Dane,
The emblem our Wallace in battle aye bore;
Then the Thistle of Scotia must dearest remain.

It blooms on our mountains, it blooms in the vale,
It blooms in the winter, in snow, and in rain;
The type of her sons when rude seasons assail ~
To Scotia, her thistle will dearest remain.

Author Unknown





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