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.Dates for 2015 confirmed so far:25th April, 9th May, 23rd May.See some photosLochcarron Producers Day- in Lochcarron Village Hall the last Friday of each month: 24th April, 29th May.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.April, a good time to be a gardener.Isn’t April a great month for the garden! Life is returning to all the deciduous trees and bushes, lovely fresh green to accompany the deeper tones of the evergreens and below yellows, whites, blues and pinks of bulbs and the jolly pom-poms of drumstick primulas and glistening marsh marigolds decorate the ditches. So much promise of more life to come, accompanied by the constant chittering of song birds equally excited for the year ahead.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.Erysimum 'Sweet Sorbet'Eat Your Greens!Spring BulbsSpring Bedding ViolasA Cat Failing To Earn It’s KeepNew Steps Built to Replace Those Destroyed By The Loss Of Our Huge Birch Tree In A January StormEuphorbia myrsinitesWhite Primula denticulataFiscaria verna 'Brazen Hussy'A Phormium GalleryTulipa ‘Tinka’Saxifraga ‘Peter Pan’Rhododendron ‘Wee Bee’Anemone nemorosa 'Alba Plena'Double Wood AnemoneLots of Lovely Flowers and No Midges Yet To Spoil It!Veg Plants Now In!Come now for packs of brassica seedlings as well as pots of tomatoes, courgettes, chillies and cucumbers.
A Sunny June Morning At Ullapool MarketClick anywhere else to hide this
Renaming Of Some Common Garden Aster Species:Click anywhere to hide this