The Winter Gardens (in Summer)

David Welch Winter Gardens - Duthie Park, Aberdeen. Fuchsia.

On Tuesday, Matilda and I met Steff at the David Welch Winter Gardens in Duthie Park. A reliably warm spot in the centre of an unpredictable city, this is a favourite place for... well... almost everyone I know.

That said, Matilda seemed underwhelmed:

Baby Rooftops sleeping.
David Welch Winter Gardens - Duthie Park, Aberdeen. 80s neon flowers.
David Welch Winter Gardens - Duthie Park, Aberdeen. Ferns.

The bright side of Matilda sleeping through yet another cultural experience was that I could go a bit camera crazy.

And I did.

Poor Steff was very patient as I paused to photograph almost every brightly coloured plant.

David Welch Winter Gardens - Duthie Park, Aberdeen. White hanging flowers.
David Welch Winter Gardens - Duthie Park, Aberdeen. Kelly's Cat.
David Welch Winter Gardens - Duthie Park, Aberdeen. Purple morning glories.
David Welch Winter Gardens - Duthie Park, Aberdeen. Orange flowers.

For all the beautiful plants, my favourite part of the Gardens has to be the terrapins. I can spend ages standing watching them gliding around their pond - although on Tuesday they were all clambering onto rocks and platforms to bask in the sun.

David Welch Winter Gardens - Duthie Park, Aberdeen. Terrapins.
Happy the man who covers his city with such poems and roses.
David Welch Winter Gardens - Duthie Park, Aberdeen. Orange flowers.
David Welch Winter Gardens - Duthie Park, Aberdeen. Pink leaves.
David Welch Winter Gardens - Duthie Park, Aberdeen. Sarah and Baby Rooftops.

It was a gorgeous day so once we were done meandering through the Gardens, we settled down for tea and scones at the outdoor cafe.

Alas, a seagull made off with my scone while I was feeding Matilda (every Aberdonian reading this will roll their eyes at the inevitability and wonder why I was foolish enough to leave food in plain sight. I blame the sleep deprivation) but the cafe staff took pity on me and replaced it free of charge.

David Welch Winter Gardens - Duthie Park, Aberdeen. Spiky plant.
Violets abound within the rigid fences of prohibited grounds.

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