Monthly Archives: April 2017

Blossoms and weeds.

Yet another week with no rain and low temperatures, especially during the night. In spite of this, everything on the allotment is growing well.  The turnip and beetroot seed sown a fortnight ago have germinated and only the broad beans … Continue reading

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An auricula theatre

Once very popular these plants and this special way of displaying them  are making a comeback. This example was set up by Graeme and Hilary Butler from Rumbling Bridge nursery  at the Highland Rock Garden  show last Saturday. For more info … Continue reading

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Tidying spring planters

Spring bulbs do not last through the whole season so as they fade and their foliage becomes untidy cutting it out allows  the rest of the bedding to make a  better show. Cutting the old foliage to compost  level is less likely … Continue reading

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Frost damage to rhododendron flowers

Most dwarf rhododendrons are hardy but the flowers vary in how resistant they are to frost. Compare Swift at the top with Cream Crest in the middle and Dora Amateis after a recent very cold night in East Lothian . … Continue reading

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Allotment in the Spring sunshine

What a difference a few days of warmer weather makes to the growth on the allotment. The fruit bushes; redcurrant, saskatoon and gooseberry which we moved earlier in the year are mature plants and are making good growth. They don’t … Continue reading

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George is heading to Dundee

We are off to Dundee Flower Show this weekend and already the flowers are cut waiting for the door to open and all excited to leave. Meanwhile in the garden the Tulips are in full bloom . And a pleasant … Continue reading

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Caley Spring Show is over:

Well that is the Caley Spring Show over for another year and team Anderson had some moderate success with a number of Firsts, Seconds and Thirds.  There were a good set of exhibits on show and some of the winning … Continue reading

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