Gratitude for the Gift.




Propagation part 2: Potting up Penstemon ‘Alice Hindley’ rooted cuttings!

You may recall approx 4 weeks ago I gathered cuttings from half hardy plants. They have successfully rooted so now is the time to pot them up.

Lovely healthy rooted cuttings.
The potting mix is 2-part John Innes No.1 & 1-part multi purpose compost.
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Pinch out the top part of the plant to halt flower growth for now. Pinching out at this stage will also encourage bushy plant growth.


Baby penstemon plant with newly formed roots potted up.


Looking fabulous right now: Ugni molinae aka Chilean guava.

I was introduced to these fine berries this week & have not stopped munching on them – they are simply delicious! The plant makes a perfect small winter shrub with densely leafy evergreen foliage, clouds of strawberry fragrance as you pass it by & edible cranberry sized berries when left to ripen till late autumn/early winter taste like guava fruit. A real unexpected treat! The berries can be eaten raw or made into preserves & even Chilean guava muffins.

Protecting Tender plants over winter.

Echeveria peacockii is a non-hardy succulent so is brought in under glass for the winter to protect it from potential frost but mostly from heavy rain in Scotland to stop the plant rotting.
Lifted from display beds & packed in closely into fishing containers to be stored in the glasshouse.
Ensete ventricosum‘Maurelii’ dug up from display bed.
Tucked in for winter in its own raised bed placed in a poly tunnel.


Gorgeous lush green & red hued foliage.

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Aeonium arboreum ‘Atropurpureum’ & other Aeoniums dug up & brought into the glasshouses for protection over winter.

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Aeonium arborium.

Aeonium sunburst.
Preparing Butia capitata for encasing.
Butia capitata encased protected for winter against rain & frost.


Inspiring role models: Saalumarada Thimmakka.

It’s not often that you hear about one person who has single-handedly planted & nurtured a woodland  as service to fellow human beings & wildlife. But Saalumarada Thimmakka is one such woman & still going strong at 105 years old!

Her woodland of native Ficus benghalensis (Banyan) trees in Karnataka, India bestows an invaluable gift for all her fellow villagers to benefit from & a legacy for future generations of all sentient life.

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Saalumarada Thimmakkka – a Foundation has been created in her name to continue the inspirational work she started.

Environmentalist Saalumarada  Thimmakka rejoicing amidst the woodland she planted & nurtured that stretches for four kilometers both sides of the road from Thimmakka’s village of Hulikal and Kudur, the next.
The beautiful woodland grove of Banyan trees lovingly grown by Saalumarada Thimmakka.

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Looking fabulous right now: Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ & Buddhas :)

Acer palmatum ‘Osakazuki’ with glorious shades of bright scarlet this autumn.
Brilliant scarlet colour!
Meditating Buddha sculpture at Glenwhan gardens.
Buddha sculpture at Glenwhan gardens.