From the moment the first young shoots push their way up through the earth in early spring, I am watching its growth daily, and waiting for the buds on this captivating plant to form. The anticipation is part of the pleasure of P. mlokosewitschii (also known as ‘Molly the Witch’) … the primrose yellow, bowl-shaped flowers have a central mass of golden yellow stamens which are a magnet for bees, and the flowers themselves are set off to perfection by the glaucous blue-green foliage. This beautiful species is one of the first to flower, and sadly the flowers are very fleeting
Help! There’s suddenly so much to do in the garden and not enough hours in the day to do them all! The trick is just to get started on something somewhere – one job at a time, that’s the secret. Here are a few to consider: PLANTING OUT THE SWEETPEAS If you have germinated sweetpea seeds and they have grown on well in root-trainers or modules while you have gradually accustomed them to outside temperatures, now is the time to put them in their planting positions next to the wigwam of poles or trellis etc. you have prepared for them.
Branklyn Garden is surely one of Scotland’s national treasures. Its eccentricities start before you’ve even got there. For although it’s in Perth – a wonderfully central and connected city, it’s quite a tricky little number to locate even for your top notch Sat Nav. (Basically head over the river as though you’re going to Scone Palace but turn left instead of right and then it’s just off to the left.) You’ve got to work for it. Even when you’ve parked your car (for free) you still have another 70 metres or so to totter before you find this wonderful National
Hurray spring has finally sprung, (let’s hope today’s deluge is a temporary glitch) and there are many reasons to be cheerful. But which spring plants cheered you up the most? Here’s our top 10: 1 Honesty (Lunaria annua– although it is actually a biennial) I have finally managed to spread this simple soul into various nooks and crannies around my garden whilst keeping the upmarket ‘Chedglow’ and ‘Corfu blue’ varieties away from the native riff raff to prevent interbreeding. 2 My collection of early flowering perennial wallflowers bought from Hayloft Plants last summer. I can’t describe how desperate these looked during the reign of the