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.Awesome AutumnThe warm spell in September seems to have helped turn up the autumn colour on many of the deciduous trees and shrubs around our nursery with lots of oranges and reds coming through in the leaves.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. Hesperantha coccinea, Bold, Bright and BelatedAs the nights close in and the number of flowers out in the garden shrink one species of South African perennial comes in to it’s own. Hesperantha coccinea, previously known as Schizostylis, is a hardy iris relative with star-shaped white, pink or red flowers in autumn and carrying on through in to the winter.
Hesperantha coccinea ‘'Wilfred H. Bryant’ - Palest of pale pink large bloomsClick anywhere to hide this
Hesperantha coccinea ‘Major’ - Striking red flowers taking us through in to winter.Click anywhere to hide this
Hesperantha coccinea ‘Fenland Daybreak’ - Upright, denser heads of slightly smaller mottled rosy pink.Click anywhere to hide this
Rhododendron luteum The ‘Yellow Azalea’ - Famed for the sweetly scented flowers in May and June, but with excellent autumn colour too.Click anywhere to hide this
A Sunny June Morning At Ullapool MarketClick anywhere else to hide this
Renaming Of Some Common Garden Aster Species:Click anywhere to hide this