|Waiting for dry weather to be planted|
|A selection of photos from our trip to Rosslyn Chapel|
Amazingly the weather was lovely on Tuesday, blue skies, sunshine, a bit of warmth from the sun, so we decided to make the most of it and have a day out. I have been wanting to visit Rosslyn chapel for ages, it's only about half an hour drive from us, so it made a great wee outing. We walked the dog along the river path in Rosslyn Glen first before heading to the Chapel. If you are ever in the Edinburgh area do try and visit the Chapel, it has recently had a lot of restoration work done on it and has a fascinating history. It has links to the Knights Templar, Freemasons, the Holy Grail and was featured in Dan Brown's novel and subsequent film The Da Vinchi Code. The carvings and detail put into this small chapel when it was built in the 1300's is quite something. You can find out more here Rosslyn Chapel I also recommend their cafe for lunch or a coffee and cake. We treated ourselves to lunch there before visiting the chapel.
|Goat Willow, Salix caprea growing in Roslin Glen|
When we got home on Tuesday afternoon it was still sunny so I planted out the Primulas and Violas I bought at the weekend. I wanted some bright spots of colour on the patio until everything else starts to grow. Some of the plants went in pots of Tulips and some in the fruit trough and around the base of Clematis integrifolia 'Rosea'. I also did a quick weed of some of the shrubs in pots, moved from Easter Mosshat. It's great to see them surviving the move and beginning to bud up.
|Making use of old chimney pots|
|Pansies and Tulips amongst the herb posts|
|Some bright Primulas around the base of |
Clematis integrifolia 'Rosea'
On Wednesday I had lunch out again, I know, better not let it become a habit! I went back to Binny Plants where I had worked for twelve years up until last November. It was great to see everyone and catch up on all the gossip. I also treated myself to some plants for the Prairie bed we are about to start here in the in-between garden. The nursery is a great place to visit at any time of year to see mature plants planted out in the gardens. They have an extensive list of unusual plants for sale so it is always worth exploring.
On the way home I went into another nursery started up a couple of years ago by my friend Adam. He has done a lot of work to get the nursery off the ground and done well at all the shows he has exhibited in so far. See his website Wyndford Farm Plants. He specialises in herbaceous in 9cm pots and opens to retail this year.
|Corydalis malkensis in one of the alpine troughs here in my|
|The daffodils are beginning to appear in the garden, but my Hellebores|
are still in tight bud, but at least they have moved successfully
|The ladies have started laying again|
|The Chives are growing too|
Thursday was spent visiting my friend Sarah-Fiona (which also included lunch!) We had planned to do some gardening in her garden, to help out since I have plenty time on my hands at the moment. But as usual the weather conspired to be wet, very wet. We got one rose pruned before having to give in. But we spent the day chatting about gardening, sorting her seed packets out and chatting about photography. She is an excellent award winning photographer, specialising in macro flower images. You can see her web site here Sarah-Fiona Helme .
So that's my week so far, so although I haven't done much actual gardening, it's been a garden themed week! Tomorrow (Friday) will be a trip to Lanark where I have errands to run, food shopping to do and middle son to collect from the train station as he is home for the weekend. Then Granny will be up for tea, bringing eldest son too, so we will be six instead of the usual three for dinner. But lovely to catch up with everyone.
Have a good weekend when it comes and like out Facebook page to find out what else goes on in the Quirky Bird Garden.