|Willow and Daffodils, must be spring in the cafe|
|Lots of new shrubs and Rhododendrons for sale|
Back to work Wednesday and it was a misty, drizzly, cold old day, we're not quite out of the dreich days yet. I got to the nursery to find our delivery of new shrubs had arrived before me, so I had four barrows of plants barrowed up before I did the cafe flowers and caught up with everyone there. That was good exercise first thing! I got all the plants labelled and priced and put out on the tables, they've filled a few gaps and will provide colour right through to summer. In the afternoon I carried on tidying the stock beds, I'll be glad when they are finished. They do look good though, cut back, weeded and top dressed and the ground swept underneath. It pulls the nursery together and I'm getting lots of compliments about how well cared for and good the plants look. At last I got our Easter advert finished and ready for our newsletter and social media.
|Lambs up to mischief, Walston|
|Lambs with Blackmount in the background|
|Enjoying the sunshine|
|Rhododendrons on the sales tables|
|Lots of colour in the sales area|
Friday was freezing again, brrrrrrrrrrrrr. Bring me sunshine .......... and warmth and holidays and a lottery win (ok the last two were pushing it perhaps). It was a day of working in the covered area working through more plants from the stock beds, tidying them, sweeping up and putting them back. I am determined to get this job finished soon so I can get on with the thousands of other jobs on my lists. The lists have lists of their own these days! David came over in the afternoon and it was good to catch up with Andrew and Linda. Knowing how much David loves barrowing gravel up to the nursery I ordered another three tons to finish off the sales are, I'm nice like that.
|More gravel to finish off the sales area|
At last a warm and sunny day on Saturday which meant there were lots of people coming up to the nursery to wander around and shop, which is great. David had his student training day in the yurt at Whitmuir which went well and it was good to catch up with everyone at the end of the day. At last I finished potting the "A's". I now know exactly how many achilleas, Asters, Astrantia and so on we have. As you can see in the photo below the stock beds are all now re-potted, what a difference from when we bought the nursery last year!
|The stock beds, all re-potted|
|Stock beds last May when we bought the nursery|
David and I made the most of the sunny evening after work to walk up to the wildlife pond to see what Andrew had added to the fairy walk. Of course we had to try the new swing, young at heart and all that. It was great fun in the sunset and the views up the Pentland Hills were beautiful. Do make sure you take a walk up through the woodland to spot the fairy doors if you visit Whitmuir, it's fabulous.
|Mobile potting bench in the sun|
|Gravel finished in the sales area|
|Sunset on the way home|
|Sunset on the way home Elsrickle|
|Next installment on the fairy walk|
Now that I am working six days I planned to use my first Monday working again to catch up on all the jobs I kept running out of time to do each day. I went over to the tunnel and did an hour or so of weeding and filled a trolley of plants to go over to the nursery. I potted up some new plant in the tunnel and moved some plants about. It was good to get some work done in the tunnel and move plants on that have grown well over winter. The weather was cold but dry and a few hardy souls made their way up to the nursery to shop. I spent the rest of the day sorting out the plants I brought over from the tunnel, putting plants on the sales tables, paperwork and moving compost. So an achieving day of small but important tasks that cleared my overflowing to do list.
|Heather burning on the hills behind Biggar|
|A beautifully carved head stone in Biggar Cemetary|
|Lichen on gravestones|
|Looking toward the Biggar hills|
It's been a busy week again all in all. Plenty happening in the nursery, all progress and building up sales and business. I've not got much done in the garden at home but hopefully the longer nights and better weather (I hope) will sort this. The lurgy still lurks, maybe I should give in and go to the doctor after a few months of feeling like this. I'm off to write this weeks bog as I'm far behind, again. I'll leave you with a few pictures of what's flowering in the garden this week at home.
Have a great week
|Scill sibirica 'Bright Blue'|
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