Being new to blogging I wanted some sort of reference to my garden that I can use as a reference in future years and perhaps refer readers to in future posts.
I hope you are not put of by the amount of content but enjoy reading about a year in my garden. This year has certainly been a learning curve and whilst I expect that throughout this blog I will bemoan the rotten weather we had here in Scotland during 2012 I do hope that doesn't put you off reading.
So, get yourself and cuppa and enjoy :)
I successfully had a go at making a log feeder for the birds - this has been a worth while effort. It's extremely popular with the Robins who are unable to feed on the feeders and often get chased from the bird table by the starlings.
Of course, what December entry would be complete without mentioning the Christmas word! Like most gardeners, I know, I've read the blogs, talked the talk, and visited garden centres at this time of year, we all like to give ourselves a little treat. As a Christmas Present to myself I bought something a wee bit different than I normally would. It would have been so easy to walk into any GC and buy any of the gorgeous looking shrubs that are on offer at the moment. I find that the prices on some of these items tends to be a bit exaggerated at this time of the year and just what are you spending your money on? An, albeit, reasonable sized Camellia - there are quite literally hundreds to choose from, these are also forced into bloom before they reach the shop and unless you have somewhere to keep them in conditions they have been accustomed, they promptly drop their buds suffering from shock!! - been there done that!! The shelves are filled to bursting with winter flowering pansies, garish polyanthus and the likes. These are not to my taste.
What did I choose - I went down the less is more route this year and chose a few select alpines. These are to be grown in troughs, which I have made out of more polystyrene boxes. Saxifraga and Sempervivums have been on my wish list for a long time but up until now had nowhere to grow them. As a bit of a preview - here's a look at the Saxifraga I selected.....
On the left is Saxifraga cotyledon Southside Seedling, on the right is Saxifraga Monarch and below left is Saxifraga aizoon minor. All are rosette forming evergreens. Both S. Southside seedling and S. Monarch have been awarded the AGM by the RHS. All 3 belong to the group of 'silver' Saxifraga.
They will flower spring and summer.
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