Garden Cottage Nursery On The RoadThroughout the warmer months Lesley has a stall at various local markets:Poolewe Tuesday Market- Every Tuesday in Poolewe Hall (also with books).From soon Lesley will also return to:Ullapool Market - Generally Fortnightly, plus some extra weeks, on Saturdays, in front of the Seaforth Hotel near the Ferry Terminal.(In Ullapool on 30th Aug and 6th September...) See some photosLochcarron Producers Day- in Lochcarron Village Hall the last Friday of each month. - 29th of August is Lesley’s last one this yearTorridon Food and Craft Market - in Loch Torridon Community Centre Fridays(Next date 5th Sept). Torridon Community Centre’s Facebook timeline has a nice photo from the 13th Aug of Lesley by her stall.If you want Lesley to bring you a particular plant e-mail or phone ahead on 01445781777
Searchable Availability ListThrough much ham-fisted coding Ben has managed to make our regularly updated and almost fully illustrated availability list searchable by name, cultural preferences and such, so now you can see just what shrubs we have for windy wet and shady sites! Please have a poke around and see what grabs you.A Farewell To SummerAfter a impressively wet August went out on a high note with a few lovely sunny days we hope that September will be kind to us. We encourage all our customers to get gardening now before it is too late and the properly crappy weather sets in. Now is a great time for planting evergreen shrubs as they are less likely to face drought stress and the temperatures and light levels are still high enough for them to establish in their new homes before the winter storms settle in.Lesley’s Leaves in full swingWe are growing lots of young leaf salads to sell in small bags at the Poolewe Tuesday Markets. They are growing really well with a good mixture of colours, shapes and flavours and no bulking with boring Iceberg lettuce either. Click ToSee LeavesAster... Gone... Ish...As most daisies have very small individual parts to their flowers finding distinctions can be difficult and this has led to Asteraceae, the daisy family, historically having comparatively few genera with large numbers of species in many of the genera.As DNA analysis technology has improved in the last 20 years taxonomists can now compare genes of plants and fill-out their family trees and see their true relationships. The first of a genus to have been named is known as the ‘type’ and it is the standard to which all others must be compared. Aster amellus from Europe is Aster’s type species. Recently Aster has been scrutinised and from a peak of 500 species in the 70s, current indications suggest just 152 remain in Aster, mostly Eurasian species, but expect further trimming in coming years. Most of the “Asters” that we grow in gardens, like the classic ‘Michaelmas Daisies’, originate in America and are no longer considered to be in Aster. The commonest garden varieties belong in the catchy named genus Symphyotrichum. Click here for a wee table showing the names for some commonly cultivated types.
A Sunny June Morning At Ullapool MarketClick anywhere else to hide this
Lesley’s Leaves Including:Click anywhere to hide this
Renaming Of Some Common Garden Aster Species:Click anywhere to hide this