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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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after the show

After a flower show most daffodils  will move very happily into an open border. To the left of the photo are some of the North Berwick primary and nursery school Jetfire which wer at the Caley children’s show in RBGE … Continue reading

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Two top daffodils

Scottish Rock Garden shows award a George Forrest memorial medal to the best plant in  the  show. At Kincardine yesterday  two were awarded as a white triandrus type Narcissus on the RBGE display was given  a Professional Forrest while David Millward’s … Continue reading

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Cross border co-operation

In March Scottish rock gardeners  join their Alpine Garden  Society  colleagues for a show of early  alpines.  Until recently   this was held in Blackpool but it’s now in Kendal . This photo shows only part of the hall. Despite such intense competition  the … Continue reading

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Penicuik Spring Show

As the picture demonstrates   this show is particularly  strong  in the craft and produce  sections. It also has an excellent  section for children both as individuals and through  groups such as cubs and brownies-  see Ann Sturgeon’s article  in the Caledonian Gardener … Continue reading

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Inter society quiz

On On Wednesday Gifford Hort Soc hosted the annual competition between themselves, Dalkeith, Pathhead, Penicuik and Musselburgh.  Musselburgh won this time so as quizmaster I handed over the  salver then we all adjourned  to enjoy  the excellent  spread put on by … Continue reading

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Penicuk Horticultural Society

One of the society’s  stalwarts May Bain received  a well deserved  certificate  of merit from Caley honorary president  George  Anderson this week. The society  hold their spring flower show this Saturday  in the Ladywood centre  in Penicuik.

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An early season?

  Some plants already in flower on the floor of the greenhouse to keep the rain off and also the sun. However most   will be past their  best when  the  first  competitive alpine show  is held on 18th March. Several alpines … Continue reading

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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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