Friday, 22 June 2018

Autumn come early, Argentinian connections and awesome flowers

Last week it looked like our early summer had been blown away by storm Hector and left the nursery looking more leaf strewn than it does in autumn! What a mess and so much work to tidy up. After all my hard work tidying the stock beds over the past month or so there are plants everywhere and leaves in amongst everything. Friday's first task was to tidy up the nursery and gardens. No structural damage, just battered plants and a lot of leaves and branches down off the trees. It was like early autumn. Never thought I'd be using my leaf blower in June!

Once the storm blows through,
who ya gonna call? Leaf busters!

If you are looking for something to do join me on
Sunday for a walk around the nursery and gardens

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This week summer has left with the storm taking the sun, blue sky and warm temperatures with it. The weather is now making up for the lack of rain through May and June and seems determined to catch up in one day! At least our water supply will be replenished and I don't have to do any watering! The temperatures have dropped to 10C, brrrrrrr.

Other than the weather, news from the nursery is all about early summer colour in the gardens. The Irises, geraniums, Astrantias and Thalictrums are all looking fantastic, the winter and late spring has if anything made them more stunning than ever! If you are looking for inspiration to fill gaps in your garden after spring, now is the time to visit and see whats flowering. 

The wild flower bankings are in full summer colour with Ox eye daisies, campion, yellow rattle, grasses, ragged robin and spotted orchids.

The herb garden is also looking fab, with lots of colour and ideas. Considering this is just it's second year, I'm impressed with how established everything looks already. The annual herbs are planted and the nasturtiums are beginning to colour up too. 


I'm loving this colour combo with Kale 'Scarlet'
and Nasturtium 'Tip Top Apricot'

I've finished spring cleaning the main perennial stock beds and am now working through the shade area. There are new plants being potted and put out as I go and it's filling up nicely. If you have a tricky garden area you can get help and information on our website here Quercus Garden Plants

Propagation has slowed to a more gentle pace now in the tunnel. I'm working through the stock list doing cuttings where required and potting up perennial seedlings as they are ready. Lots of exciting new plants coming to the nursery from the tunnel next year.

The stream garden gets better and better every day

Georgina and I, catching up after 30 years

Last Saturday I had a day off so I could catch up with an old college mate. We haven't seen each other for 30 years! It seems like only yesterday that we were leaving to explore the big bad world of work and real life. Me to work at Hopetoun Gardens and Georgina to do a course at Wisley but had to leave early. One of the reasons we've never had a chance to meet up before now is that Georgina comes from Argentina, so is rarely on this side of the world. She is over for several months visiting family and friends. It was amazing to catch up and find out all about her and what she's been up to. All too soon it was time to take her back for her bus after visiting the nursery, but we're hoping to meet up again before she goes home.

Pelargonium 'Nicola Buck', P. 'Copthorne', P. 'Gray Lady Plymouth', P. 'Ardens', P. cucullatum 'Flore Pleno', P. unique 'Voodoo', P. cordifolium var rubrocinctum, P. 'Cys sunburst,  P.  stellar 'Rookley'

Pelargonium 'Rimfire', P. 'Dolly Varden', P. 'Rogue', P. 'Glacis', P. 'Imperial Butterfly', P. 'Arctic Star', P. 'Tornado', P. 'Stadt Berg', P. 'Tip Top Duet'

Pelergonium trifidum, P. 'Aztec', P. 'Deer Wood Lavander', P.  'Morwena', P. 'Ashby', P. 'Meon Maid', P. 'Pampered Lady', P. 'Attar of Roses', P. 'Yhu'

I'm not getting much time in the garden at home, it's a bit of an embarrassment really and I'm glad no one sees it! From one extreme to the other with the nursery gardens looking beautiful to this weedy mess here at home, hey ho, hopefully I'll get a few evenings soon where I'm not too tired and can get some tidying done. I did however manage to take some photos of my Pelargonium collection, as you can see above, plenty colour in amongst the 50 odd varieties I now have!

The Potting shed garden

On Tuesday we had a local day off, with me having a bit of pampering in the morning, getting my hair done then we headed to a local garden in Broughton open under the Scottish Garden Scheme. If you are looking for inspiration for what to grow at 900 feet above sea level on a hill in the borders, then this is a great place to visit (aswell as our nursery of course, lol). Established for 10 years it is a riot of colour, texture and views over the valley. A combination of planted bankings, walls and grassy paths leading you up the hill through trees and wild flower plantings to enjoy the views at the sitootery. Jane the owner is a customer at the nursery so it was lovely to go and visit her creation and see how well the nursery might look in ten years! The garden is open every Tuesday into July. 

Afterwards we went for lunch in the wee tearoom in Broughton and then took Bracken for a walk along the old railway line. A relaxing day off in our own back yard.

Alliums going over but still beautiful

Anthemis

Astrantia

Clematis close up

Foxgloves on the woodland paths

Velvety purple Irises

Views from the garden

Oriental poppies

Ox eye daisies with Coulter Fell in the back ground

Paeonias






Pulsatilla


Semperviviums









Wild roses on the old railway

Walking along the old railway line

Bracken enjoying his walk


Who else is looking forward to the return of sunny warm weather? I know I am, see you soon.




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Wednesday, 13 June 2018

The weather, it's a changing

Can any one believe we are now well into our fourth week of glorious hot and sunny weather? I can't, I wake up every morning thinking this will be the day it gets cold and dull again, but no. I have heard the weather is to return to normal in the next week, back to layers again then. The nursery has been incredibly busy both with the amount of work needing done and the number of customers. The later is fantastic and really shows the business is growing very well. It is so satisfying to have our hard work rewarded with so much positive feedback. For starters here are some photos of the herb garden, now going into it's second year and looking amazing.

Coriander

Chives
Helianthemum 'Bunbury'


The checkerboard in the herb garden

Rodiola rosea

Thymus 'Bressingham'



Thymus serpyllum 'Album'

Work potting up seedlings and doing cuttings continues in the tunnel, the annuals are all now potted and rooting through ready for planting in the gardens and for selling and I'm potting the perennials as they are ready. Back in the nursery tidying continues in the stock beds and I am very nearly finished weeding, tidying and potting the perennial area. Next will be the shade plants and lastly the grasses and persicarias (which are on the move to a new area once it's ready). Watering of course is a big job at the moment, keeping everything hydrated in this heat, but we are keeping on top of it. The gardens in the nursery really are looking wonderful with lots of early summer colour and scent. Why not come and see for your self?













On Saturday night we managed to get 2.1 of our 5.1 offspring over for our bonfire and BBQ at the nursery (yes the .1 is Bracken) We got all the accumulated rubbish from the past three years burnt once the rain shower passed and the potting area proved to be a very handy BBQ area. Thanks to David, Ben and Dan for all their help and for cooking the BBQ and also the sun for coming back out. CLearing away all this rubbish means we can progress with the next phase of re configuring our work area behind the office.

Chef Daniel and helper?

Great BBQ

Iris 'Persimmon'

Paws for thought!

We had another busy weekend with lots of customers enjoying wandering around the nursery and gardens and choosing plants to take home with them. The continued good weather has helped people and plants in the garden. Then by Monday it was all change with much lower temperatures, low cloud and drizzle all day. In a way it was a relief from the heat but I hope that's not the end of summer!

Delighted to see the medlar I planted in spring is covered in flowers,
hope we get some fruit to try



Bracken... I can smell those burgers on the BBQ, let me at them!


Some of my auricula Primulas are still flowering at home,
 this is 'Sirius'

Our day off on Tuesday was very relaxing, with a much needed long lie, for a very tired Quirky Bird who isn't sleeping well and working very hard. We then headed to Lanark for lunch with Andrew and Linda. The weather cleared and we were able to eat out in their garden in the sun, along with Paul and Biff. A lovely afternoon and evening, a bit of wine drunk and a good time had by all.











Hope you are all having a good week, happy gardening!



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