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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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Another day another iris

                Iris Blue Note  is one of many new cultivars in the reticulata group raised by Alan McMurtrie in Canada. Compared to the broader  petals of the I histrioides hybrids shown in the … Continue reading

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Another Lady Beatrix

The iris featured in the last post is better known  than the snowdrop also named after Lady Beatrix Stanley but it is  also a fine  bulb photographed  today in the RBGE rockery. Her bulb days came later in her life. … Continue reading

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Iris

Iris Lady Beatrix Stanley is indeed a very good early bulb. However the actual flowering  time varies according  to the  conditions it has  been given. Compare the pot which has been in a cold frame with the clump  in a raised bed fully exposed to the elements. Keeping  … Continue reading

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Awards for Scottish gentians

Two of Ian McNaughton’s  gentians have been recommended for the RHS Award of Garden  Merit by the Joint Rock Committee ( composed of reps. from RHS, Alpine Garden Society and Scottish Rock Garden Club). The Caley is already well known to … Continue reading

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A very hardy fuchsia

Fuchsia Riccartonii Probably the best known and toughest of  the hardy Fuchsias which are now at their best. The name  originated from the garden at Riccarton, nowadays the site of Heriot-Watt University  near Edinburgh.  It is thought to be   a … Continue reading

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A plant named after a lizard

Chameleons  are well known for being  able to change their skin colours. Houttuynia cordata grows  in the Far East but  it is this  variegated  form Chameleon that is readily  available  in garden centres.  The plant  likes   moist soil  and will happily … Continue reading

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Sowing for next year

The reason groups like North Berwick in Bloom  do so well in Beautiful  Scotland is they plan ahead and have regular  work sessions to keep all the various tasks  under control. On the Monday after success at the Aberdeen award … Continue reading

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Fife show

This very good show has been held courtesy of Dobbie’s Dunfermline for several years but this time the organisers had to find a new venue at rather short notice and after the schedule had been printed and distributed as  Dobbies … Continue reading

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it’s not just flowers and vegetables

……….as this snap of today’s show in in Dunbar demonstrates. Local shows always have a fine selection of craftwork  and baking. I was asked to help dispose  of these plates of  home made tablet and readily obliged.         … Continue reading

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