At the beginning of the month I made time to visit. It had been my intentions to make a whole day of it. My grandfather's family hail from the area and it has been a good few, possibly 30 or so, years since I was last down this way. As things panned out that morning, a whole day out plant shopping and sight seeing was not going to be possible. I did however manage to squeeze in a couple of hours for a visit. The journey down to Quercus is a lovely scenic drive once you leave the city boundary. Travelling south-west around the Pentland Hills, which are situated to the south of Edinburgh, the journey took me a bit long than the 30 minutes I expected. Mainly because I took advice from my son on which road to take and as it turned out, I should have been on the other road. Not that it matters, both roads south get you practically to the door. The nursery was very well sign posted, there had be no chance I'd drive past the entrance. If you follow the road to Lamancha, West Linton in the Scottish Borders, you can't possibly go wrong!
As you can see Rona's new bridge over the stream is just delightful, inviting even. It makes you want to trot over it. Neither hers nor my pictures really do the area justice. It's far bigger than it appears. I was quite taken by surprise on how large the area was. Rona wrote and posted about the work they carried out here and my how the plants here and further up the bank, especially, have really filled out already. You can access the sales/plants area either over the bridge or up the gravel path.
Quercus Garden Plants, the sign says it all really. Direct and straight to the point. Hardy and unusual plants for Scottish Gardens. It is Rona's aim to stock and supply plants that will do well here in our Scottish Climate. If a plant grows well at Quercus, it should do well just about anywhere. The open windy site means plants will need to be tough. Taking over 8 or so weeks ago, Rona, David and family have already made great inroads on improving the area and with continued work I'm sure it can only get better. I wasn't sure if Rona would recognise me as a customer from her previous place of employ. It appears she did, either that or she was very good disguising it. After an initial blether, I left both Rona and David to get on with their work and took myself off to peruse their wares.
One of the very well stocked sales benches. Offering a wide variety of familiar hardy plants, there was one plant here that kept grabbing my attention but I had no idea what it was. I made a note to ask Rona more about it later. In the back ground the shade lover's tunnel has many of the plants you'd expect to find.
These large cable drums made an ideal station for showing off plants. You can see the surrounding farm houses and businesses in the background. And not forgetting to mention Rona's OH pushing the wheelbarrow to gather yet more mulch for down by the stream. I would like to add that he was doing a very good job. I hope that doesn't sound patronising. I don't mean it too.
Making my way up the terracing, the area at the top was filled with a good selection of perennials too. As well as taking over the nursery, Rona also became owner of all the stock. Although much of it, Rona informed me, was beyond rescuing. There is plenty here to choose from. I meant to and completely forgot to ask what the teepee or was it a wigwam was for. Hopefully she'll read this post and let us know.
The view from up here, well I'm sure you'll agree, is superb. You could not fail to enjoy working in such a place, nor tire from it. Looking north towards Edinburgh, the Pentland Hills in the distance. This shot reminds me of how we forecast the weather here. If you can't see the Pentland Hills, it must be raining. If you can see the Pentland Hills, it will rain some time soon!
The building in the foreground is the restaurant and farm shop. Whitmuir - The Organic Place. You can ream more about it here. I did not pop in this visit but next time I will do a bit of shopping in the farm shop.
Heading back down towards the office, a selection of trees and shrubs on offer today. All looking very healthy. You are lucky to get a brief glimpse of a blue sky. A rare occurrence this summer.
Rona's office and more sales tables. Had I not already had such a
So what did I buy? Potentilla Monarch's Velvet - this plant is one that's been on my wish list for a
good while and never quite made it into the garden. 3 small, reasonably priced pots came home with me. Planted out in the front garden almost immediately, they have settled in and are beefing out. There should be more to see of these little beauties in my end of month post.
Remember the plant I mentioned at the top of the post, what really caught my eye was the white starry flowers. At first I thought it was a shrub. I was surprised to learn it was a perennial. The plant has a shrubby look to it, in my opinion. Let me introduce you: Gillenia trifoliata. Apparently, we've to think of Gaura for shade when we think of this plant. Having seen Gaura on a couple of blogs lately, I can see why the comparison is made.
|Gillenia trifoliata blooms|
The foliage is fresh and green. It has serrated edges. It immediately sprung to my mind that this plant would make a good replacement for the rogue strawberry foxglove that clashes with the yellow Ligulaira. Offering a similar height. I quizzed Rona on the conditions it would like and if it would take some shade. She confirmed that it would. And from what I've read elsewhere, it's the best place for it since it is a woodland plant.
|Gillenia trifoliatus foliage|