Thursday 14 August 2014

I love Glasgow! an amazing glasshouse, tree fern heaven!

Last week I was up in Glasgow for work and being inspired by some of the many volunteers who are part of Diabetes UK and making a real difference to people affected by diabetes.

It being my first time to the city I managed to escape for a few hours to look a the botanic gardens which were a short walk from the center, and i was so glad that I did as they have the most amazing glasshouse and best collection of tree ferns that I have seen in ages!

The highlight was the Kibble palace, a marvel of Victorian glasshouses inspired by the Crystal Palace stuffed full of different Cyathea and Dicksonia

Cyathea regale

Huge cyathea medularis, browneii, and dealbata with some Dicksonia squarossa 

Cyathea browneii

Equisetum myriochaetum

Cyathea princeps

then as if that wasn't enough there was another extensive glasshouse complex, my favourite being the palm house

Finally although the Commonweath Games were well and truly over there were still remnants all over the city and I couldn't resist a selfie of Clive with Clyde

Sunday 10 August 2014

1 month to go! garden opens Sunday 7th September 2-5:30pm

It is now just less than a month before the one afternoon in the year where we open the garden for the National Gardens Scheme!

The Yellow Book says....

An exotic garden full of the exuberance of late summer inspired by travel in Southeast Asia. A jungle of big leafed plants, bold colours and shapes including bananas, dahlias and tetrapanax. Huge ‘secret’ garden gives the garden unexpected size with ponds, bee hives, sunken terrace, productive area and greenhouse of carnivorous plants. Featured on BBC Gardeners World and in the Independent

Past visitors have said 

'eh by gum what's that' 

Come! you can also eat some of the nicest cake in Cambewell. full NGS and address details here

Overall I'm pleased with how the garden is looking and hope that anyone who has been before will notice how the planting is maturing and how things are getting bigger! In a way the top garden looks completely different to how it was on the first two openings, with the rest getting better and better. I'm especially happy with how the terrace is looking as it is the most jungly it has ever been

So put it in your diary! Also open on the same day is Patrick's tree tern filled garden for any exotisist wanting to make an expedition! 

Some pictures to tempt you in....

Come! have a nosy! I look forward to meeting you!