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).Next summer 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.See some photosLochcarron Producers Day- in Lochcarron Village Hall the last Friday of each month. Torridon Food and Craft Market - in Loch Torridon Community Centre FridaysTorridon 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.Aster... 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. The European Aster amellus 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. Ron’s Book BothyShop The short winter days and inclement weather have afforded Ron time enough to set up an ebay shop to offer up various treasures from his vast stock of books, maps, postcard, and various other bits, bobs and curious that come his way. Click the logo on the left to take a shufti.Spring Time on the Nursery, Sunshine and Showers, Early Colour EmergingAs we near Easter and April the weather continues to be unsettled, but the plants on the Nursery are really starting to show signs of activity: Seeds are starting to germinate, bulbs and spring bedding are flowering and the early flowering Rhodos have so far been spared any harsh frosts to spoil their flowers.Last Chance For Mail OrderAs spring breaks around us and more and more plants break out lush growth the season for sending out plants closes, so any non-locals contact us now if you need some plants sent to you.Peruse our Availability List for inspiration and poke around the rest of the site for plenty of ideas on what you could plant.
A Sunny June Morning At Ullapool MarketClick anywhere else to hide this
Renaming Of Some Common Garden Aster Species:Click anywhere to hide this