Gratitude for the Gift.

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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.

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Lovely healthy rooted cuttings.
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The potting mix is 2-part John Innes No.1 & 1-part multi purpose compost.
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Healthy rooted cutting ready to pot up.img_0663
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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.

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Baby penstemon plant with newly formed roots potted up.

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Looking fabulous right now: Ugni molinae aka Chilean guava.

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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.

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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.
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Lifted from display beds & packed in closely into fishing containers to be stored in the glasshouse.
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Ensete ventricosum‘Maurelii’ dug up from display bed.
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Tucked in for winter in its own raised bed placed in a poly tunnel.

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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.

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Aeonium sunburst.
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Preparing Butia capitata for encasing.
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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.

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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.
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The beautiful woodland grove of Banyan trees lovingly grown by Saalumarada Thimmakka.

Further Reading:

http://edition.cnn.com/2016/11/04/asia/saalumarada-thimmakka-trees-india/

http://thimmakkafoundation.org/about%20thimmakka.html

http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/plants-fungi/ficus-benghalensis-banyan

 

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

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