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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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Prolonging the pallets

The two North Berwick pallets re-erected  in the town’s High Street after Gardening Scotland closed. They will stay there until the end of the summer and be part of the town’s presentation to the Britain in Bloom judges  in August.  It … 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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Daffodil display

Many public parks have colourful  plantings of daffodils  now in bloom. This one in North Berwick  is different as it features examples of the  13 divisions that the Daffodil Society use to describe  these bulbs. The board is based on  the drawings … Continue reading

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