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Winter bedding in winter weather

Not long ago nobody talked about winter bedding. Plants like wallflower were planted in  the autumn  along with bulbs to flower in spring.  Milder winters have encouraged garden centres  to sell plants such as pansies in flower as suitable for … Continue reading

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Sex and the single Gaultheria

Small bushes of Gaultheria (was Pernettya) mucronata are now in garden centres for use in winter planting schemes. They often prove to be disappointing purchases as they produce few berries in later years and also grow quite a bit taller. … Continue reading

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Late flower shows

…….are becoming  rare but are  the places to see and admire the giant exhibition chrysanths traditionally known as ‘Japs’ . This fine entry of six blooms was staged by Dave Scott  at the Grangemouth Hort Soc late show today.

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Another weekend another local flower show

This one is the East Lothian Hort. Soc. show in Haddington’s corn exchange last Saturday. There are several such shows every weekend across Scotland just now.  Some go back a long way. This one started in 1838. The Caley website … Continue reading

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Colouring a town centre

Before and after photos of Tranent Civic Square   now much brighter due to adding some seasonal colour in planters. Remember  that  all this needs frequent watering and feeding.

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wildflower meadows

These come in great  variety depending on the soil, situation and whether things  have been sown or planted  or just allowed to develop naturally. All have a base of permanent grass and need at least one cut and lift in … Continue reading

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Making words with plants

Making words and designs  from plants fascinates  the public as it’s something few people do in their own gardens. The most famous  example  is  Edinburgh’s floral  clock which is known worldwide. In North Berwick  East Lothian council gardeners annually   commemorate a local … Continue reading

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