Tuesday, 5 July 2016

Erigeron karvinskianus

The only way I can fully describe this flower is to use words like ‘splendorous’, ‘billowing’, ‘myriads’, ‘festooned’ and ‘floriferous’. These little daisies might look like distant cousins of the daisies that many of you try to remove from your lawns – but these ones have utter sophistication written all over them - Daisy gone Crazy!  They have an attitude of elaborate self-abandonment as they bloom so abundantly.

 Erigeron karvinskianus daisies growing at the edge of the footpath
One of many Erigeron karvinskianus in my front garden this past weekend

The plant is easy to grow and so rewarding.  Correctly pronouncing Erigeron karvinskianus is probably more challenging! 
air-IDJ-er-on kar-vin-skee-AY-nus 

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Perthshire Bluebell Woods

In the month of May many of the ancient Perthshire woodland glades have a mesmerizing allure as a frothy sea surf arises from under the tree canopy.  Everywhere you turn there’s a seamless carpet of azure blue native bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) and you might even discover one of those rare albino white bluebells which only occur in one in every 10,000 flowers!

a rare albino bluebell
a rare albino bluebell

Monday, 15 February 2016

February in a Perthshire Garden

It's been a long dark Perthshire winter but on cold days like this we are blessed with glorious blue skies and light wispy cloud formations that stretch across the skyline.  My long lost friend - sunshine has made its presence felt again as it tracks its course just above the horizon line. The evenings are noticeably longer and it's lovely to see many of the flowers glow each morning and evening as they catch the first and last rays of light. 
Lenten rose glowing at sunset
Lenten rose glowing as it catches the final rays of sunlight in the garden 
I'm aware that it's been a long time since I last posted here.  As much as I enjoy being out in the garden I really appreciate the rest over the winter months.  Since doing the naturalistic garden design course Designing with Perennials with Dr Noel Kingsbury I've spent lots of time drawing plans for my new design. 

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Going Back to School with My-Garden-School.com

Crocosmia at sunset
Crocosmia at sunset
If you're like me ...you'll never be able to resist a plant clearance section.  The problem is that I've been at too many plant sales ...can't be helped when it's usually me putting on the reduced stickers! and over the years I've bought too many bargains.  What design there was in the back garden in relation to texture, shape and colour has become blurred. I got caught in the trap of thinking of flower colour rather than thinking about how each plant could contrast and give interest in the border even when it wasn't in flower. It didn't really bother me when when I took so many macro photographs ...but nowadays I want to 'see more of the frame' rather than just a little bit of the detail in my photos; I want to be happy with what I can see from either the lounge or the kitchen sink too.  I was going to be 'reclaiming back the design' this autumn but didn't a wonderful opportunity end up in my inbox a few weeks ago; I certainly couldn't resist this!

Wednesday, 19 August 2015

ParkHead Gardens Perth

A visit to Parkhead Gardens in Perth one August evening

Parkhead Gardens

For years I'd been telling Maddy that I'd visit her garden - Parkhead Gardens in Perth; every year it would go on my 'to do list' ...but it never happened.  It's not as if it was on the other side of the country as it's practically on my own doorstep.  

Gasp ...I can't believe it took me so long but I finally made the arrangements.  Checked the weather forecast as it's been a very dull and wet summer here; the date and time were set; there was no turning back now!  

I already knew from chatting to Maddy and visiting her website that she has a beautiful garden. 
Parkhead Gardens has featured in many magazines, gardening books and a BBC camera crew have been along too. 

What I didn't expect was my reaction when I arrived ...