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.Still Mild, But Winter is ImminentAs we enter mid November the thermometer is still tipping into double figures most days.This makes all those packing up for the winter garden jobs a bit more pleasant.In terms of looking good plants it is a bit of a lean spell, most autumn flowering stuff is now done and we are getting most impact for our myriad of evergreen shrubs.As it is now dark and wet most of the time the nursery has closed for the winter, but we are still here so please drop by if you want something for your garden.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. Christmas Is Coming Soonish...Now that the outside plants are pretty much done for the year we turn our attention to Christmas decorations. Have a look at our Christmas Stuff page for details of all the great decorations, evergreen arrangements, wreaths and Hyacinths Lesley has been making.Christmas Markets:Poolewe Hall Christmas Shopping Event - Friday 28th November, 1600-2000Poolewe Hall Christmas Market - Saturday 6th December, 1000-1430From the end of November we will have a full selection of Christmas Ware available to buy from the Button Bothy in Poolewe Village Hall.
A Sunny June Morning At Ullapool MarketClick anywhere else to hide this
Renaming Of Some Common Garden Aster Species:Click anywhere to hide this