Monthly Archives: February 2016

Slow progress for some

The weather this week has been dry and sunny. The first of the outside daffs are in bloom. ( Surfside )   The pots that were farthest forward and we replaced in the shade of the glasshouse are slowly coming … Continue reading

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Maintenance and tidy up day on the allotment

Today was a maintenance day spent tidying up the plot in preparation for the start of cultivation.  The netting was taken off the green manure, it hadn’t germinated at all well, a combination of old seed and too late sowing … Continue reading

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Crocus appearing

..but not before time. The colder weather  recently has slowed many plants up and it is   no longer an unusually early flowering season. The first of the large Dutch crocus to appear is  usually the yellow. Often  planted in mixed colours it is worth  trying … Continue reading

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New early Iris

  New hybrids developed by Alan McMurtrie in Canada and grown  on by John Amand  in the UK were on display at the SRGC early bulb day in Dunblane last Saturday. For more photos and info look at the SRGC … Continue reading

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Spotlight on invasive species

The results of the prestigious International Garden Photographer of the Year have been announced at the beginning of the month and although not reason for the photograph do present an opportunity to put the spotlight on the problems of non-native … Continue reading

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George’s Friday update

A bit colder today (Friday) after a bright sunny day yesterday (Thursday). I have moved some of the more advanced of my daffodil bulbs (those showing well formed flower buds) outside into the shelter of the glasshouse to slow them … Continue reading

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Moth orchids

Phalaenopsis are now very popular house plants as their flowers last for months and new high tech. propagation methods have brought prices down. They were among a variety of orchids  suitable for growing indoors covered at last night’s Caley talk … Continue reading

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Ornamental brassicas

These can brighten up a dull corner at a time little else is showing colour. They work well in planters and even  baskets including indoors if there is enough light. However  they are prone to drop leaves and  even rot … Continue reading

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The workshop pots have been removed from the plunge.

The Caley Bulbs were lifted from the plunge on Saturday and have been sitting in the shade since then. I will keep them cool and shaded for a week or so just to allow them to green up a little. … Continue reading

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It does not take long!

On Monday George bought a bunch of daffodils in readiness for the demonstration element of the workshop on Saturday morning when we lift the pots of bulbs we plunged in October. Watch what happens

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