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.Loss of a LandmarkEarly in the New Year Scotland was rocked by a severe westerly storm, 90mph winds felled many trees in the area and did a fair bit of damage to buildings too. We were lucky at the Nursery apart from the loss of the massive birch tree in the middle of the sales area. Admired by countless visitors this huge downy birch was around 100 (an exceptional age for a birch tree) with rough bark and a twisted trunk, and with a small pine tree growing out of it. Fortunately it’s roots were a bit rotten and she went over without flipping Ron’s Book Store Cabin and laid herself out without squishing too much either. Click on the photos to enlarge.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, So Close You Can Almost Taste It...Entering the home straight of the shortest month the days are lengthening rapidly and the earliest bulbs are poking through the ground and the frogs are getting it on in the pond.Lesley has started spring potting of perennials and we’re tarting-up the sales area ready for re-opening to the public in the spring.Anybody wanting plants before we officially reopen in March is welcome to come round and see us and I’m sure we can find something to tide you over!
A Sunny June Morning At Ullapool MarketClick anywhere else to hide this
Renaming Of Some Common Garden Aster Species:Click anywhere to hide this