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Events / Re: SRGC at Scone Garden Festival 2024
« Last post by Maggi Young on May 16, 2024, 08:43:47 PM »
Excellent news, Stan et al - good for you folks making this effort! 8)
Ian Young's Bulb Log - Feedback Forum / Re: Monthly Bulb Log Diary 2024
« Last post by Yann on May 16, 2024, 08:35:39 PM »
Amazing collection of Erythronium, you log gives some ideas for next spring.
Events / SRGC at Scone Garden Festival 2024
« Last post by Stan da Prato on May 16, 2024, 06:58:48 PM »
A small group consisting of Alison Hogg. Ian and Ann Christie, Jeanie Jones and myself will bring plants to set up a one metre  square pallet garden on Thursday 30th  May so the club has  a presence   at the two day show on Friday 31st  and Saturdary 1st June.  It  will be based on the well known  fishbox troughs  two of which have   been prepared  by Wattie Russell. One trough will feature alpines  in flower that  like sunny conditions.The other will have shade loving plants including  miniature ferns and hostas. There will be stone strata, logs and moss, not shown in the mock up. Different plants will be at the show.   There will be taller plants, probably meconopis, celmisias and taller primulas at the sides  and behind  the troughs plus an info board.

Ian Young's Bulb Log - Feedback Forum / Re: Monthly Bulb Log Diary 2024
« Last post by Robert on May 15, 2024, 04:51:35 PM »
Hello Ian,

Thank you so much for another pictographic tour of your garden. Words cannot convey my appreciation for your photographs and descriptions.

Why do I garden?

For me this question cannot be answered with words, however the answer to the question takes its form in our garden. Closed-loop sustainability can be seen everywhere in our garden and even in our activities beyond our garden. For example, the 2024 barely crop will be ready to harvest in the coming weeks. Last night I ate barley cakes made from our 2023 barley crop. This is real food grown from compost made from biomass created in our own garden. No chemicals. No poisons, including “organic” poisons. I learned much of this from Masanobu Fukuoka and the folks at Ecology Action, Willits, California. Today is a “training” day – something I learned from one of my teachers Mr. Tri Thong Dang many decades ago. There are no guarantees on this planet, but good food and good exercise do help keep the gardener younger and healthier or at least put the odds in my favor.

A current tour of our garden will find Ethiopian two-rowed barley and Ethiopian Blue-tinged wheat ripening side-by-side with myriad of vegetables, fruit trees, small fruits (like strawberries), medicinal herbs, cover crops (such as clover and vetch), and a cornucopia of ornamental plant species, many of which are blooming right now. We grow Montana Morado and Oaxacan Green maize not because they are “rare” varieties but because they fill our needs. Both are open-pollenated varieties – so we can save our own seed. Montana Morado maize is a soft flour corn and grinds easily in our hand grain grinder. We grow Kanto Wase upland rice because it tastes better and is easier to thresh than other varieties of upland rice. We breed our own vegetable varieties to create regionally adaptable varieties that will thrive in our garden. We grow and breed our own ornamental species for the same reasons. Why I garden is very complex and not an easy question to answer.

Thank you again for the monthly tours of your garden!
Ian Young's Bulb Log - Feedback Forum / Re: Monthly Bulb Log Diary 2024
« Last post by Ian Y on May 15, 2024, 10:11:39 AM »
Want to know why I garden? Please click the link for the latest Bulb Log to find out why and see some of this months highlights.

Flowers and Foliage Now / Re: Paeonia 2024
« Last post by Stefan B. on May 14, 2024, 08:24:29 PM »
It is very nice when you manage to capture the moment when the peonies bloom!

Paeonia officinalis 'Rosea Plena'

Paeonia  'Daisy Coronet'

Peony 'Anderson's Kaleidoscoop'
Flowers and Foliage Now / Re: Paeonia 2024
« Last post by Gail on May 14, 2024, 07:12:01 PM »
Mine are behind Stefan's, Lemon Chiffon has just opened here.
We've had a few days of warm sunshine and now they are all coming out in a rush; you want to tell them to slow down so you get chance to appreciate each one...

Paeonia 'Lemon Chiffon' with bees

Paeonia ‘Wu Kong Xiu Xing’
Flowers and Foliage Now / Re: Paeonia 2024
« Last post by Maggi Young on May 13, 2024, 09:33:43 PM »
Still only tight buds here in Aberdeen, so it's a real pleasure to see these flowering elsewhere.
SRGC Shows Questions and Answers / Re: Aberdeen SRGC Show 11th May 2024
« Last post by Maggi Young on May 13, 2024, 09:31:09 PM »
Fingers crossed for a good colour on the second plant, then.   8)
Pleione and Orchidaceae / Re: Pleione 2024
« Last post by ruweiss on May 13, 2024, 09:26:01 PM »
These Pleiones survived our last (mild) winter in the open garden. Left plant is P. formosana, middle P. formosana alba and at
right is P. limprichtii. Nothing special, but I like the anyway. Got the white plants from a late friend without name and origin.
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