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Back at last! Part 1.


Hi everybody; I do hope you are all well and enjoying the nice weather each time it puts in an appearance!

After what seems like ages, I have finally got some more time to write a blog.

Work has been really hard this past few months: my work load has gone through the roof (I am still doing 2 jobs for the same wages I was earning 4 years ago….) but at least I am employed. The garden is looking really good at the moment but there are still lots of jobs left to do such as finish off the block paved area, erect the rest of the trellising and prepare the space I now have (where the block paving was stacked) for the arrival of the summer house.

This coming weekend sees my twin boys make their first holy communion so there will be a great celebration beforehand as lots of family have to travel for 3 or 4 hours to get here and the service will finish around 8pm.

Anyway, last weekend saw us have a weekend away in the lakes which meant spending the day in Scotland, our favourite place! And what better place to spend the day than Logan Botanical Gardens!

The weather was fabulous: hot and sunny with a welcome cooling breeze, otherwise we would all have cooked.

Anyhow, what follows are photos of the plants and views.
If you have never been, then please make the effort: the surroundings are tranquil, the air was full of scent, and despite the long drive to and from Ullswater (approx two and a half hours) it was the most relaxing day we have had for a long time.

I took lots of photos so this blog will be in 2 parts.

This first photo is of a plant from my favourite genus: Geranium. This looks like Geranium reuteri.
It was growing everywhere but never looked out of place.

The beautiful blue flowers of a Meconopsis.
I wish I could grow them!

The colour and shape of these Rogersia leaves is magnificent.

A most beautiful flower: Fuchsia excorticata.
I want one!!

This is a superb colour that would grace any border!

Really lovely flowers but forgot to make a note of the name.

One of my twins posing next to a fine example of Cordyline indivisa. Another plant I would like to have….

One of the many Eucalyptus trees that stand guard throughout the gardens. The bark on most of them is amazing; the colour, texture, the feel.

The colour of this peony is staggering! It looks like velvet.

An excellent example of the Chilean lantern tree, Crinodendron hookeri.

I hope you have enjoyed looking at the photos and maybe it will inspire you to visit the gardens.

Part 2 will be coming soon!

Happy gardening!

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hello geraniumdad, very good to see you back and congratulations to your boys.

i was thinking about you the other day, as im off to Harris ~ Scarista bay [not the hotel] on thursday!!!

lovely photos.

4 Jun, 2012


Thank you Sticki. We are counting the days to our holiday in South Uist....

4 Jun, 2012


i bet you are ~ sounds like you deserve a holiday ~ is that harris in your avatar??

[forecast is not so good unfortunately]

i was in the lake district in march, we had that good weather so maybe thats my summer over??

4 Jun, 2012


It is: one of the beaches 5 mins down the road from where we stayed. Summer will be coming towards the end of the month and will stay until the end of September! Well, one can hope.....

4 Jun, 2012


that beach might be where i was last time!!

i need summer in the western isles to start on saturday!!

4 Jun, 2012


Hi what lovely photos, its lovely to hear from you and nice that you have a family celebration to look forward to. Hope all goes well.

4 Jun, 2012


It's an interesting place. I enjoyed the photos of those unusual plants.
Nice to see you back after an enjoyable holiday ...

5 Jun, 2012


Its good to see you back. Congratulations to your boys.

You've got some lovely photos there, looks like a stunning place to visit. One to add to the list I think :))

Hope you have a good holiday, sounds like you deserve it.

5 Jun, 2012


that fuchsia is really intriguing

5 Jun, 2012


Yes, the Fuchsia is a strange one. The plant was huge: well, actually it was a tree! I grow just a normal one in the garden for the flowers and the berries. We eat the berries: a good wash and a sprinkling of sugar and they taste quite nice.

5 Jun, 2012


you can eat fuchsia berries?? i didnt know that!!

5 Jun, 2012


Yes, the darker they are the tastier they are.
The berries are just one of a number of "fruits" being looked at by scientists as food.
At my previous house, my Akebia produced a few long purple fruits. At the time, I didn't know they were edible otherwise I would have tried one.

I am hoping that my honey berries produce some fruit this year.

5 Jun, 2012



the fuchsia 'blackie' has very dark fruits on, didn't try one though, they looked poisonous somehow?

I did have a strawberry tree but i didnt Like the taste of those.

5 Jun, 2012

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