Finding treasure

Some gardens produce amazing finds. I am working at a lovely garden project in Elgin at the moment and look what was found digging up an area to create a border! (The stone – of course – the dog is for scale!)

This will be used as a stunning part of the design of the garden. Watch this space!

spare plants

Is your garden established and overflowing with plants that are outgrowing their space? All your friends gardens are already full with these plants too? Here are a couple of options to get flowers to other people’s gardens: You could go on freecycle and/or facebook and advertise them there (for free) or – if you have some passing traffic put out a sign next to some bags (old compost/pet food bags for example). Free plants – I tend to leave it up to individuals to put a donation to their charity.

That’s the spare plants sorted rather then going to the garden waste bin!

Taking time out

Taking time out – even or maybe especially in the busy spring time is really important. We do, in the end, create gardens for ourselves, so we should sit down and enjoy them too – not just weed and dig and prune – though that’s obviously important too!


Do you have enough seating in your garden? Having different perches in different parts of the garden (sunny / shady / secluded / with views / near the house) is important for your time out.

Do you have a water feature? Water is important for wildlife – and magical for ourselves.

If you have a pond – do you have access to it? There is nothing (in my book) like being close to the wildlife in your pond -maybe taking all the time a frog takes to watch a particular fly, stare at it some more and for a bit longer and then SNAP it up, shut it’s eyes for a second and then lick it’s ‘lips’ and swallow. The privilege to be close to wildlife is really life enhancing.

Wildlife friendly garden transformation

I’m delighted with all the help that Konia has given us for our garden. It’s a process that began last summer with an initial visit from Konia to my garden. Lots of ideas came out of that visit and a list of work required. Konia also provided details of local tradespeople who would do the work although we prefered to do it ourselves. In the spring, I arranged another visit from Konia to make up a planting list. I’m very keen to have wildlife friendly plants in the garden and Konia suggested a selection of plants that would benefit wildlife at different times of the year. Once I was ready for planting, Konia visited again to place the plants. I’ve really enjoyed the whole process. Konia has been very encouraging and understands the type of garden that suits me. I now have a plan for my garden and I’m looking forward to watching the plants mature. Next years project is a pond (a garden is never finished!) and I’ll be asking Konia for more advice. 

The frogs are here!

Every year I start of with the best intentions of keeping a garden diary. I note when the first frogs arrive for spawning and also which vegetables I am growing in which bed (makes it easier for crop rotation). But then it all falls by the wayside – as work and my own garden keep me from writing said diary.

Fortunately I do note the arrival of the frogs – and they are bang on time (if there is ‘frog time’) this year!

Some years they show up briefly and then come back around now to spawn properly. Last year they showed themselves on March 22 (like this year) and then disappeared until it got warmer in April and had a second spawning. This year they seem to assume that this is it – it won’t get too cold for the tadpoles.

I do hope that they are right about that!

Enjoy spring!!!

a bit different

The colour splash of crocus flowers at this time of the year is a real joy – but as always you can add a wee twist – literally if you have a look at the pictures!

Here’s a crocus spiral (with a Leucojum in the centre). Unfortunately the border grew since creating it, but it’s still quite nice.

last year and this year

last year at this time we were battling with the ‘Beast from the East’ and very cold weather. This year – in the eastern Highlands (!) we’ve got 15 C during the day (4 C at night)!!!

I hope the plants and animals are not going to be too much in shock when we get more frosts.. Hopefully the nighttime temperatures are a warning to them!

But – let’s just enjoy it! 

 

(pictures: Hellebores & Corydalis)

Signs of SPRING

It certainly feels springy out there – it’s 12 C in February!

The birds are quite chirpy and there are FLOWERS in bloom!

Snowdrops (common or otherwise) always lift your heart.

My Hamamelis has been flowering for weeks – it’s also faintly scented.

Winter aconites are a good source of food for bees and cheery with their yellow flowers.

Hellebores come in a variety of colours – here a white one and a purple one about to open up.

I just hope that the animals and plants don’t get too much of a shock when we get the next frost.