Sunday, 30 August 2015

Glasgow Botanical Gardens, vintage and wild carrots

Hello, how are you, how's your week been? Busy as always here, the weather is as mixed as always and we are working away at the nursery making lots of improvements as always. We've had some really heavy rain, some sun and it is definitely getting colder. The highlight of the week was a trip to Glasgow Botanic Gardens, more of that in a minute.

I treated my self earlier in the week to a wee snack from the farm
 shop at Whitmuir the Organic Place
Healthy but very tasty treats this week, I've been feeling exhausted and lethargic so have gone back to healthy eating (still with chocolate treats though). I've been eating more and losing weight, but eating the right foods and I've lost 8lbs which is fantastic as its been a struggle to lose anything of the extra 1.5 stones over the past couple of years. I feel so much better, energetic and healthier, long may it continue.

We had some classy glamour visit Whitmuir today, a 1932 Rolls Royce and it's lovely
owners who were buying paintings at the Dancing Light Gallery

At the nursery I have finally finished re-potting and propagating all the shade plants and they are all together in one area now. We will have a good comprehensive range for next year which will fill the shade tunnel and more. David is musing about building a pergola to create a shade area for the plants, which would be another great project and point of interest in the nursery. Now I am back to working through the rest of the stock, re-potting and propagating the neglected stock we bought with the nursery. It's lot of work but we will have some cracking plants for next year and it is satisfying to see the plants lined up with a new lease of life. We've got some new trees and shrubs in for winter interest and bulbs arriving soon.

Another vase of Sweet peas are scenting the kitchen

The slugs have eaten through the stem of this sunflower so I've popped it in a
vase on the kitchen window sill

On Tuesday, our day off, we packed up the car with middle son's belongings to take him back to Glasgow for his second year at uni. He has a flat with friends, so was keen to get back and settle in.
Typically it was on the second floor so lots of exercise carrying his stuff up. After we left him to get unpacked we made the most of the sunny afternoon and visited Glasgow Botanics.

Climbing lots of stairs to a new student flat

The Kibble Palace, Glasgow Botanic Gardens

I've never, believe it or not, been to Glasgow Botanics, David was appalled. I am not really Glasgow orientated, I am much more likely to go into Edinburgh for anything. Luckily dogs are allowed in the gardens, so Bracken got a walk too, which he enjoyed as there were plenty people to say hello to. At the Eastern end is the Kibble Palace, a large round glasshouse with two side glasshouses. The first of these houses a very impressive and well maintained carniverous plant collection. David was in his element with all the mosses in there too. 

The carniverous plant house, Glasgow Botanic Gardens

The main house of the Kibble Palce, lots of great tree ferns, bananas and other exotics

Great tree ferns in the Kibble Palace

I like the combination of white metalwork, glass and ferns and palms

Elsewhere in the gardens there are herbaceous borders, a herb garden, vegetable plot, lovely Acers and other specimen trees and another greenhouse range with cacti and orchids, more palms. It is a small botanical garden but has plenty packed in and lots of grass areas where people were making the most of the sun and soaking up the heat. 

Echinacea purpurea

Felicia 'Santa Anita', gorgeous blues, loved by the bees

We put Bracken back in the car, which was parked up a shady side street and treated our selves to some late lunch in the tea room. Well I say lunch, but we had a high tea. I've been wanting to have one for ages and it was lovely sitting in the sun, stuffing our selves. Of course we went for the top option, it's our day off and we work hard, so we like to treat ourselves on our day off. 

High tea for two, don't mind if we do

Lots of lovely cake, we didn't bother with dinner
that night!

Lots of candy bright Pelargoniums outside the glasshouse

A cheeky chap also having his lunch in the Botanics

Bracken the dog, travelling home

Sadly the wild flowers are coming to an end on the terraces at the nursery, they have been stunning since we started contemplating buying and visiting the nursery back in April and then through the start of our journey creating the nursery as it is now. Starting with the Cow slips, then red campion (with some pink and white mixed in), Ragged Robin, Ox eye Daisies, lots of grasses, and now Hypericum, Achillea and wild carrots. One of my favourite wild flowers is the wild carrot, Daucus carota. I love the way the flower head folds up on itself once it has finished flowering. It is great for photographing and is a simple, beautiful plant. 

WIid Carrot

Eldest son is enjoying his new job, he's so much happier and back to himself which is great and relief for his mum, no matter how old your kids, you always worry about them. Youngest has settled back into school, I can't believe he is second year already, where does the time go? 

Cautleya bringing a bit of exotic to the patio

As for the house garden, it's a bit of neglected garden, my plans to bit in the evenings once I was home from the nursery haven't really happened as I've been so tired and had the house to keep on top of too. Tonight however the sun was shining and I was home earlier than usual so I headed to the greenhouses to give them a tidy and water. I don't think we're going to get any tomatoes either, they are just too small and green. Feeling good about getting that done I got the hoe out and hoed the tattie and bean plot, the sweet peas are almost over sadly. I've really enjoyed growing them again and loved having them in vases scenting the house. I'm definitely going to grow more next year. Feeling frustrated by the weeds growing between the slabs on the patio, I got the sprayer out and weed killed the paths, patio and drive, wow excelling my self now. Without really thinking about it or planning to I'd crossed several jobs off the to do list, woo hoo. 




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