Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Friends visit to the Garden of Remembrance at RM Condor Sunday 25th June.

The globe at the centre of the garden - and the Unit's badge.

8.5 tonnes of granite from Aberdeenshire for the memorial.

All of the 6000 plants in the Garden have to be in the Unit's colours of red, yellow and blue.

4.5 tonnes of rock from the Falklands - shipped back to the UK.

The clover is left deliberately for the bees.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Plant of the Month June 2017

Echium pininana
Family: Boraginaceae
Origin: Canary Islands
Accession: 2016
Location: By MacroMicro Studio

E. pininana is a rosette-forming biennial or short-lived perennial with lance-shaped, roughly silver-hairy leaves to 7cm long. Each rosette produces a flower panicle up to 4m long of funnel-shaped blue flowers with large bracts in summer. It needs full sun in a sheltered position and protection from winter frosts. In its native habitat in La Palma it is now endangered through habitat loss.

Monday, 29 May 2017

Fascinating foraging walk and talk with Clare in the Garden yesterday - showing us all what is edible and what is not.

Angelica (edible) versus giant hogweed (poisonous) - same family

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Friends plant sale in the Garden this Sunday 21st from 11am. Also lots of other things going on in the Garden - wood turners, the bee keepers, the birds of prey, the BarrowBand: Broccoli
( ww.youtube.com/watch?v=kCdJuk_2ix8 ) and much more. Free entry.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Plant of the month May 2017

Rhododendron augustinii
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: Central and Western China
Accession: 1985
Location: Asia

This evergreen rhododendron species is in the subsection Triflora, which are very free-flowering. It grows best in a woodland setting with some shelter, and will tolerate near neutral soil. It was discovered by Dr. Augustine Henry, a medical officer, in Szechuan, China, and introduced in 1899.