....... and whatever nastiness of weather we may look forward to in January and February, at least we notice that the days are getting longer. Minute by minute they lengthen out. It takes some weeks before we become aware of the change. It is imperceptible even as the growth of a child, as you watch it day by day, until the moment comes when with a start of delighted surprise we realize that we can stay out of doors in a twilight lasting for another quarter of a precious hour." - Vita Sackville-West
I couldn't say it better than Vita, above. Every day its light for a few more minutes more. As you would expect in January in Scotland the weather is doing all sorts of things. Dry one minute, heavy down pours the next, then freezing. Its good to be back in the nursery getting on, though as always the amount of work needing done is daunting.
A new mini series of posts I will pop up occasionally. Do you have a plant with history, that you've taken from garden to garden or was handed down through the family? Here's my first one.
|A tidy greenhouse
The Scottish native plants garden is one of the first you see when you enter the nursery and when you begin to explore the bottom terrace. One border (the one nearest the building) represents woodland plants and the other on the opposite side of the path represents hedgerow plants. This is by no means a perfect representation,
but I have tried to give an idea what you might find in these two environments. By planting three trees (birch, rowan and crab apple) eventually there will be a shady environment, although the plants are doing very well, some too well! On the hedgerow side I have planted a native mixed hedge as a boundary between
this garden and the scented garden and to create the hedgerow for these plants to grow under and around. This was one of the first areas we created in 2015 when we bought the nursery and it makes a seamless entrance to the wildlife garden beyond. Years and info in the photo descriptions.
|The week we arrived in 2015
|August 2015, starting to develop
this garden and the bug palace in situ
|October 2015, starting
to dig out the borders
|October 2015 and plants are beginning
to be planted, a bark path also in place.
No fence yet, thats a few years away!
|May 2016 and the plants are making
themselves at home. Still some clearing
on the hedgerow border to do and I'd
planted some Rosa rugosa as a hedge
|Summer 2020, I've realised that I dont take many if any
photos of this garden in summer, this is the only one I have,
no idea why, must make a note to remedy that this year.
|Summer in the native garden
|Dryopteris dilitata and Viola tricolor
|March 2022 after winter tidy
|A couple of wee fuchsia flowers.
Who else used to pop the flower buds of fuchsias as a child
|First side of willow finished
|An evening view of the nursery and Whitmuir building
|Walking through Venlaw woods
|David and Maisie, Soonhope
|Me with tidy hair!
|Looking back towards Peebles
#rural #countrylife #countryliving #cottagelife #antiquecottagescenes #interiors #scottishborders #independantretailer #smallbusiness #localbusiness #independantplantnursery #uniqueplantnursery #hardyscottishplants #scottishgarden #gardeningontheedge #scottishborders