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The sun is shining so George checks on progress

In George’s cold greenhouse the pots of his own bulbs have been given their first watering and are starting to put on growth and show flower buds.  Thise that are well advanced have been [...]

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Corylus avellana – Hazel

The catkins or lamb’s tails of the male Hazel, Corylus avellana, are prominent as the bushes are not yet in leaf. The smaller female catkins become nuts after being pollinated by the wind. Hazel [...]

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Give your fruit trees a warning!

A snell wind today to use a good Scots word, but the sun was shining. The winter fruit pruning workshop on Sunday was even more popular than usual with about 40 people turning up to watch George [...]

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George reviews the workshop pots

There is not much change in the Caley bulbs lifted from the plunge at the weekend. They have been out of the plunge for only 4 days but already the leaves are starting to change colour. They will [...]

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Caley Lecture Evening – 20th February

Rediscovering lost landscapes in Stirling; Garden Archaeology and Community – Dr Murray Cook. Murray is Stirling Council’s Archaeologist and has worked across Scotland for 20 years.  [...]

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Bulb workshop – Part 2

We potted our bulbs last October but it was the first time we had held the workshops on the allotment.  On Sunday we removed the pots very carefully as they had been covered in soil rather than [...]

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Seaweed and Jeruslaem Artichokes.

Something different today as we took delivery of a load of seaweed from a processing company – seaweed is a good source of nitrogen and potash and helps build up the humus in the soil. Some was a [...]

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“Greening up well” – update from George

The pots of bulbs in George’s glasshouse have been kept dry since they were lifted out of the plunge more than two weeks ago. The soil is still slightly damp and George will not apply any [...]

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Winter Maintenance

A long job today was digging out one of the apple trees, ‘Charles Ross’, and moving it to another spot. It takes time to carefully dig down and tease out the roots. The tree has not grown very [...]

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Snow doesn’t stop everything!

When I saw Rona of Quercus Plants weaving her willow in the snow earlier this week, I couldn’t help thinking about the statements made by Dr Andrew Duncan in 1811, a Vice- President of the [...]

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