Monthly Archives: February 2017

colourful crocus

Thousands of these little bulbs are now brightening open spaces around the country. Usually planted in mixed colours it is interesting to see a large planting  restricted to white and blue as here at Macmerry in East Lothian.

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Not far from George the weather is not quite so spring-like

20 miles south from George the conditions are not yet like spring.  The garden is looking very attractive but covered in snow   There is no sign of a flowering daffodil              and the bulbs … Continue reading

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Growing conditions are improving for George and his bulbs

I managed to capture an image of the Queen Bumblebee on Monday basking in the sunshine, awakened from its hibernation by the recent increase in temperatures. The growing conditions are improving almost daily now and with a noticeable increase in … Continue reading

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George compares 2017 with 2015.

Saw my first Queen Bumblebee today and also a hoverfly.  But social media from two years ago sent me a photo to remind me how far on my bulbs were in 2015. Already this year the pot of Iris has … Continue reading

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Safe and snug from Doris

Storm Doris did its best to disrupt travel and comfort on Thursday, but in the cold glasshouse the pots of bulbs are snug and well protected. Many of them are showing flower buds now. I brought The Caley workshop bulbs … Continue reading

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George checks on his Caley workshop bulbs

The Caley workshop bulbs have been sitting neglected since we lifted them from the plunge on the 11th February and have now greened up well. The compost in the pots has dried out and I will start to apply just … Continue reading

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Early bulbs

…..were on display  today at the Scottish Rock Garden Club’s traditional bulb day in Dunblane. These events attract  c. 200 enthusiasts and always have a guest speaker this year Johan Nilsson from Gothenburg Botanic Garden in Sweden. For photos of  the bulbs … Continue reading

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Keep watch on cold greenouse temperature

With the sunshine lately the thermometer in the cold greenhouse has registered temperatures over 20C even with the door open. High temperatures and good light will accelerate the growth of many of the bulbs so I have moved some of … Continue reading

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Finishing off the fruit pruning on the allotment

Last Thursday the team finished the fruit pruning. They took some redcurrant cuttings for growing as cordons and had a bonfire to dispose of the waste. The best of the new growth of the autumn raspberries were moved to their … Continue reading

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Bulb Blog – 14th February

At the bulb lifting session on Saturday one or two folk asked about the progress of their Scamp Challenge bulbs, Gallipoli Dawn. I have grown it for the past two years and found it to be one of those reliable … Continue reading

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