One of the principles that I am applying to my new gardening project concerns budget. I am going to try to develop a garden as economically as possible. I am not going to take the absolutist route of growing everything from seeds, cutting or divisions, although I will do that to some extent. But I am going to try to avoid paying top prices for the plants I buy … [Read more...] about Budget Cannas – how well do they grow?
Let's start by clarifying the slightly misleading headline to this post and, in the process, clear up some important questions about dahlia tubers and bulbs. First, there is no difference between what people commonly call dahlia tubers and dahlia bulbs. The important point here is that the weird potato-like structures that give us beautiful dahlia flowers are properly … [Read more...] about All you need to know about dahlia tubers and dahlia bulbs
Calluna Vulgaris - Ling Heather flowering in July on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, #natureknowsbest via Instagram https://ift.tt/2Ybq0uj … [Read more...] about Heather as it should be
Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum Last year I moved back to the UK after spending over ten years in Australia, in the sub-tropical climate of Sydney. So, I'm currently enjoying my first Northern Hemisphere spring in all that time and my first spring ever living in Scotland. I've been delighting in the wonderful the variety of cool climate spring flowering plants here … [Read more...] about Currant obsession: Ribes sanguineum var. glutinosum
Aucuba japonica ‘Crotonifolia’Common name : Spotted LaurelFamily : Garryaceae (formerly Cornaceae) Aucuba japonica ‘Crotonifolia’ is a rounded evergreen shrub to 3m x 3m. ‘Crotonifolia’ is a female cultivar. Its leaves are ovate, glossy and variegated, up to 20cm long. It is unusual in that the variegation takes the forms of yellow splashes and speckles, almost as if … [Read more...] about Aucuba Japonica ‘crotonifolia’