Drum Castle Gardens – The Garden of Historic Roses


As you have probably already guessed by now, I am a gardener and an avid flower lover. Any chance I get to visit a garden is a blessing.  This garden at Drum Castle is a very nice walled garden.  Not really very big but still a peaceful and beautiful place to spend a few hours on a warm summer afternoon.  Let’s head down the path and see what it has to offer, shall we?
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On the way I got some exceptional shots of some of Lindsay’s other personalities!

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It is divided into distinct sections representing different centuries (i.e., 17th, 18th, 19th century…) and how gardens were generally planned and laid out for their respective time.
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It emphasizes the cultivation of roses and their historic place and development throughout the centuries.

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At left is a sun dial.






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Never seen a yellow thistle before!

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These rose hips were quite unusual;

I don’t recall ever seeing any quite like them either!

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The little rose reminded me of Dogwood blossoms.


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Drum Castle

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IMG_5120 (Edited)And isn’t the bark on these trees interesting?

It peels off like satin ribbons.  It is a himalayan birch bark cherry tree (prunus serrula).

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On our way out of the castle and garden grounds I couldn’t resist taking a picture of these ladies soaking up the sunshine…..  They are definitely contented cows wouldn’t you say?

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Author: Claudia Frew

Adventuresome, independent, and fun-loving 68-year young American great-grandmother who loves to travel; often going solo!

2 thoughts on “Drum Castle Gardens – The Garden of Historic Roses”

  1. Thank you for sharing, Mom.

    “The little rose reminded me of dogwood blossoms.” Sweet, poetic sentiment. You thought of me. May I include this quote in a painting?

    I am fascinated by a garden displaying the historical changes in rose cultivation. I can almost smell the Rose petals. I have yet to smell a rose as fragrant as one in the Vanderbilt rose garden.

    Lindsey appears a charming and amiable partner in adventure. I think it is wonderful you have nurtured new life in a strong companionship with family discovered through ancestral and cultural heritage journeys.

    The photo of the labyrinth garden inspires me to create something like that in my yard…a Celtic symbol maze. Although labyrinths have a varied historical timeline and purpose, I am guessing you were wandering around the 19th century garden. True? False?

    I also am very curious about the fourth picture after the yellow thistle, of the cone shaped magenta/red flower. Do you recall what that is? And, are those teeny-tiny little blossoms packed onto the cone?

    I love you, Mom. Thanks again for sharing all the gorgeous pics and stories.


    1. So glad you picked up on the reference to the Dogwood, and the rosebuds you used to pick for me when you were younger. Lindsay is indeed a great partner in my adventures – a true blessing.

      Don’t know the name of the cone flower, but will investigate further when I return home. I also was quite intrigued with it. Yes, the teeny-tiny blossoms were packed into it.

      Love you too! Perhaps someday you can also travel with me!


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