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A Planting Extravaganza

I’ve just realised that we’ve spent the past few weekends revelling in the extended period of dry, warm and, (mostly) sunny weather and I haven’t recorded any of our labours. Rather than trying to remember everything we’ve done I’m going to cheat by going through all the cards and seed packets to see what we’ve sown/planted so far this year – it’s quite an impressive list!

Hopefully, we’ve now sorted out a few problem/bare areas that were needing some attention – time will tell…

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Astrantia
  • Allium Mount Everest (x 3 bulbs bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Allium Purple Sensation (x 9 bulbs bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Aquilegia Blue Barlow (bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Aquilegia White Star  (bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Arenaria Balearica (x 2 for our ‘half moon’ in the back garden)
  • Astilbe Chocolate Shogun (bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Astrantia Carniolica Rubra (front garden)
  • Astrantia Major (front garden)
  • Aubergine (x 2 back garden – not sure they’ll ‘work’)
  • Aubretia Rich Rose (front garden)
  • Bay Laurus Nobilis (back garden)
  • Borage (front garden)
  • Broccoli Romanesco (back garden)
  • Bunny’s Tail Grass (x 3 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Calendula Snow Princess (front garden)
  • Cauliflower (back garden)
  • Calla Lily Odessa (x 2 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Calla Lily Picasso (x 2 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Calla Lily (unknown variety cream with a purple top x2 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Chard Rainbow – Bright Lights (back garden)
  • Chilli Pepper Scotch Bonnet (conservatory)
  • Clematis Ruriokoshi (for our new arch trellis over the front gate)
  • Climbing French Bean (back garden)
  • Cosmos Brightness Mixed (front garden)
  • Cucumber Crystal Apple (conservatory, may try outside if weather stays warm)
  • Dahlia Happy Days Bicolour Red (x 2 front garden)
  • Dahlia Happy Days Cream (x 2 front garden)
  • Dahlia Happy Days Purple (a rogue ‘accidental’ purchase front garden)
  • Dahlia Happy Days Yellow (x 2 front garden)
  • Geranium Rozanne (under beech hedge in back garden)
  • Geranium Wargrave Pink (under beech hedge in back garden)
  • Geum Lady Stratheden (front garden)
  • Hyssop tricolour Mixed (front garden)
  • Ivy (x 4 in ‘wells’ on front of house, x 4 in conservatory)
  • Lady’s Mantle Alchemilla Mollis (x 2 under beech hedge in back garden)
  • Leptinella Platt’s Black (x 2 for our ‘half moon’ in the back garden)
  • Lettuce Freckles (back garden)
  • Lettuce Little Gem (back garden)
  • Lettuce Lollo Blondi (back garden)
  • Lettuce Lollo Rosso (back garden)
  • Lettuce Red Salad Bowl (back garden)
  • Lysimachia Golden Yellow (x 3 hanging baskets in back garden)
  • Lysimachia Midnight Sun (x 3 hanging baskets in back garden)
  • Marigold French (front garden)
  • Mexican Sunflowers – Tithonia (front garden)
  • Mizuna Green – Kyoto (back garden)
  • Mountain Fire Pieris Japonica (bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Nasturtium (front and back garden)
  • Ornamental Thistle Cirsium Rivulare Atropurpureum (x2 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Patty Pan Squash (x 2 back garden- not sure they’ll ‘work’)
  • Petunia Blue Vein (x 3 hanging baskets in back garden)
  • Petunia Happy Magic Charcoal (x 3 hanging baskets in back garden)
  • Poached Egg Plant Limnanthes Douglasii (front garden)
  • Pratia Pedunculata (x 2 under beech hedge in back garden)
  • Polyanthus Mixed Large Flowered (front garden)
  • Rock Cress Arabis Alpina Snowcap (x 2 under beech hedge in back garden)
  • Rocket (back garden)
  • Rock Rose (x 2 for our ‘half moon’ in the back garden)
  • Russian Vine (on obelisk in back garden)
  • Sage – Growers Friend (back garden)
  • Scabious Caucasia Perfecta (x 2 bought at Gardening Scotland last weekend – front garden)
  • Spinach Perpetual (back garden)
  • Sweet Peas (on obelisk back garden)
  • Sweet Pepper – Sweet Banana (x 3 conservatory)
  • Thyme Russetings (x 2 for our ‘half moon’ in the back garden)
  • Tomato Cherry Drop (conservatory)
  • Tomato Gold Krone (conservatory)
  • Tomato Moneymaker (conservatory)
  • Virginia Creeper (x 2 for our new arch trellis over the front gate)
  • Wallflower Mixed (front garden)

Wow, even I hadn’t realised quite how much this was until I started writing it down – it doesn’t even cover the new succulents and indoor plants we’ve bought either.

Fingers crossed, we’ve chosen the right plants for the right places this time (RIP Beth Chatto 1923-2018).

Winter Returns But The Girls Are Out!

Just as we were starting to get excited about the brief whiff of Spring we had, the snow returned – whilst it looks beautiful here when the white stuff comes down, it does rather dampen the enthusiasm a little.

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Nine Mile Burn

Our new heated propagator has arrived – after much deliberation, I finally decided on one with six smaller trays as it seemed the best value for the most space (it was £40 from Thompson & Morgan), along with a load of seeds that I’ve optimistically ordered – our season is so short here that growing from seed is a risky business so hopefully the propagator should help things along.

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I’m especially excited about some of the tomato seeds we’ve got – Indigo Cherry Drops, a dark purply colour that will go nicely with a mixture of other yellows and reds in a variety of sizes. We also bought some companion plants to help control pests – marigolds, calendula and cosmos – time will tell if this works but at east things will look pretty as well. It’s all about biodiversity this year…

Betty getting her first taste of freedom in 3 months
Betty getting her first taste of freedom in 3 months

The Avian Flu restrictions that were in place have now been lifted in Scotland, a low-risk zone, meaning that as long as extra biosecurity measures have been taken (removing bird feeders etc) that our birds are allowed back outside. I was very excited although with fresh snow on the ground they had to be coaxed with mealworms initially. Now we just need them to start laying again – another effect of them being cooped up for 3 months.

Nine Mile Burn
Nine Mile Burn