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Rhododendron aff. faucium. Photo by Tony Garn

The difference a week of weather can make.

Last week saw driving snow storms, freezing temperatures overnight and bright sun leading to a rapid thaw early on in the day. Some plants thrived; it was the…

Viburnum furcatum. photo by Tony Garn

Viburnum furcatum

This plant is worth a closer look as the buds expand and the embryo foliage emerges from tight buds. Specimens of Viburnum furcatum are planted near the upper…

Primula allionii collection. Photo by Tony Garn

Allionii at alpine level

Flowering in the alpine house at the Garden is a collection of Primula allionii. One specimen collected, as seed; from limestone cliffs in the French Maritime Alps is…

Lupin c.v. with aphid infestation. Photo by Tony Garn

Leafing through Lupins

We are now observing good growth on the emerging herbaceous plants. Taking a closer look at the emerging foliage on some reveals colonies of bugs and beasties. This…

Libertia sessiliflora. Photo by Tony Garn

Invasive alien

Libertia sessiliflora, collected in Chile and obviously enjoying our climate. The soil surface beneath the colony of mature plants is awash with germinated seedlings from the parent plants….

Abeliophyllum distichum. Photo by Tony Garn

Floral scents

Abeliophyllum distichum exuding floral scent from the mass of pink tinged blossom covering the deciduous wood. Worth a walk to the south facing border at the foot of…

Exochorda x macrantha - seed pods. Photo by Tony Garn

Spring wedding week

Exochorda x macrantha a garden hybrid between E. korolkowii and E. racemosa introduced c. 1900. At this time of year the leafy growth is covered in racemes of…

Scopolia carniolica var. carniolica. Photo by Tony Garn

Truth serum

Scopolia carniolica var. carniolica a member of the Solanaceae family and found throughout Europe. Lush foliagesprouts rapidly from the rhizomes as soil temperature rises and days lengthen in…

Daphne blagayana. Photo by Tony Garn

Sweet scents from Slovenia

A late flowering, ground hugging evergreen member of the sweet scented genera Daphne; Daphne blagayana  is just now opening its spear shaped buds. Terminal sulphur yellow flower buds…

Sorbus caloneura. Photo by Tony Garn

Sorbus caloneura

Early to leaf out; Sorbus caloneura is at its best as the winter buds burst and the fresh foliage expands. This wide branched small tree has deeply veined…

Rhododendron aff. ririei. Photo by Tony Garn

Rhododendron fever

It is evident spring has arrived and settled in when the Rhododendron collection rewards us with masses of colour. Many of the species are now blooming profusely through…

Crocus vernus. Photo by Tony Garn

The Crocus are coming

At last; signs of spring in the Garden. Crocus vernus is in flower in the Alpine house. The “Spring Crocus” is a lilac shade of purple with prominent…

Strawberry Planter. Photo by Tony Garn

Strawberries in baskets; potatoes in pots

All four of the Gardens will be open for the Easter weekend. Logan, Benmore, Dawyck and the RBGE. Visit one or more and enjoy the plant collection, look…

Atherosperma moschatum. Photo by Tony Garn

Aromatic Atherosperma

Tucked away in the back of a border is this late spring flowering evergreen. It appreciates the shady south westerly aspect corner bounded by two walls and overshadowed…

Iris stenophylla ssp allisonii. Photo by Tony Garn

Two early Juno’s

Juno Iris are a sub group within the genus Iris. The Juno’s form the largest group of those Iris with a fleshy bulbous base. Demanding free draining compost…

Alpine House, 5th March 2010. Photo by Tony Garn

A spring bouquet

Quite refreshing to appreciate a week of settled weather since the turn of the month. This bright sun has brought glasshouse temperatures into double figures and pushed on…

Cotoneaster cashmiriensis. Photo by Tony Garn

Frosted foliage

When will this winter end? At least March has started settled and suddenly the mornings are much lighter. One of the better things to come from these extended…

Magnolia stellata

Stellar stellata

Native to Japan and suited to the borders of all gardens, Magnolia stellata is the representative of this genus to cultivate where space limits the height and spread…

Cedrus deodara and new planting of Cedrus libanii

Planting for the future

The front lawn now boasts three young plants of Cedrus libanii. Those that know the Garden will remember the magnificent, mature that took centre stage in this lawn…

East gate modelled on R calophytum

Hammered steel, reflected glory

Crafted from steel in the heat of a forge the gates at the top of the east drive are best appreciated when the early morning sun is reflecting…