One of the main attractions of moving to the hamlet of Nine Mile Burn was it’s peaceful location at the quieter end of The Pentland Hills Regional Park. We’re lucky to be part of a wonderful small community in an area of historical importance (we live along an old Roman Road) and undisputed natural beauty that is much enjoyed by ourselves and regular visitors and hill walkers seeking the tranquility that is on offer just on the outskirts of Edinburgh. Continue reading Please Help Save Our Beautiful Hills From Development
What a miserable few weeks of rain we’ve had – the grass is going wild and I still haven’t had chance to try out the cordless strimmer that the lovely folks at GTech sent me a couple of weeks ago to review.
My soggy garden inspections are showing that it’s going to be a bad year for crops this year – we haven’t seen so much as a blossom on any of our apple trees, we have 2 gooseberries between our two bushes and no blueberries at all.
On the plus side, our blackcurrants and rhubarb are both doing very well and it looks like we’ll be able to start harvesting some of early variety potatoes soon. The newly planted herb garden is doing well and we also have tomatoes growing nicely in the conservatory, despite everything being a lot later this year after the extended Winter.
The chickens have managed to dig up most of the plants in our recently planted bed – periwinkles, tiarella, heucheras and helibores have all been tossed asunder by the naughty little beasts. We’re going to have to replant what we can salvage and then cane-off the bed until they’ve established themselves.
Praying for some nicer weather this week as the to-do list is growing longer daily. I’ve been sent a self-watering hanging basket by Stewarts so I’m keen to see how that works and finally get to test the strimmer.
I’m also quite excited to have been invited to RHS Tatton Park by Stiehl on the 16th and it looks like we’ll be in for a treat. Can’t wait to see the show gardens there.
You may have notice a wee break in posts recently and there’s a very good reason for it – we got ourselves hitched.
In Scotland you’re allowed to get married anywhere and as we love our little house in the country, especially the garden, we couldn’t think of anywhere better to tie the knot.
The chickens, dog and cats were all present! (and yes, I did get married in my pyjamas).
Super excited to find our very first egg in the coop this morning – well done Ladies!
It’s been a long 6 weeks of checking, even though we knew realistically we probably wouldn’t get any until about now.
It’s a little on the small side but it is very definitely blue!
Hopefully they’ll just keep coming now.
I was more than a little surprised, but also dead chuffed, to receive an email yesterday saying that A Pentland Garden Diary has been listed as one of the UK’s top gardening blogs – coming in at number 7.
I have no idea how my little garden diary has been picked up but it was a lovely surprise. I now need to go and check out all the other interesting looking ones on the list.
And so it looks like the moment I’ve been eagerly awaiting for weeks has now arrived- the first ‘serious’ snow – it’s been threatening a while but it looks like this coming week is it.
This is one of the heathers we planted in our new rockery a few months back – it looks rather lovely with it’s dusting.