Clintonia andrewsiana

Clintonia andrewsiana

    Clintonia andrewsiana is sending out a mass of berries on a long stalk. The colour sets them out amongst other ground flora, a shiny lustre setting off the metallic blue. These plants are native to California and struggle to retain good foliage through the summer with us. A member of the Liliaceae family [...]

In search of rust

In search of rust

Small orange/brown pustules on the leaves of plants could be a sign of infection by a rust fungus. James Iremonger, Heriot Watt University Student, will be searching Edinburgh for evidence of these plant parasites this summer. James, who is a third year microbiology student, is undertaking the project with funding from the British Society for [...]

Adapting to climate change

Adapting to climate change

In May, Scotland published its first Scottish Climate Change Adaptation Programme -  a set of actions to increase Scotland’s resilience to the impacts of a changing climate. RBGE is helping to produce a number of climate change indicator cards for the natural environment. The cards, developed by ClimateXChange, measure progress in how we are helping [...]

Summer Pruning Apples and Pears

Summer Pruning Apples and Pears

Espalier, cordon, fan and step-over are different ways of pruning and training fruit trees. They are highly productive, decorative and make it easier to carry out routine task such as picking the fruit. Unlike standard fruit trees these ‘restricted’ forms require summer pruning to maintain their shape and encourage fruiting. Unrestricted forms are pruned during [...]