Beechgrove Garden ep.22 2015

Jim Carole and Chris assessing how the new Michaelmas daisy collection has fared over the summer. Carole looks at her aubergines and peppers to see if they have managed to bear any fruit this season.


Jim visits Heathryfold Allotments in Aberdeen, whose multicultural plotters grow a range of vegetables and fruit from their homelands. Both Jim and Carole are on the island of Bute, to attend and enjoy the famous local Horticultural Society's summer flower show.

Beechgrove Garden ep.22 2015
Beechgrove Garden ep.22 2015

 Jim, Carole and Chris were in the Trials Area on a dull day at Beechgrove. They were back here after their sojourn to beautiful Bute for last week’s Raodshow. Since their visit, Bute in Bloom have won the prestigious Beautiful Scotland Rosebowl Award for 2015, and Ella and Isobel, whose gardens we visited on Bute, did well in the local horticultural shows for their floral art and fuchsias.
 The team were impressed with the stunning summer bedding displays at Ardencraig Garden on Bute, but sadly ours at Beechgrove was not looking good having succumbed to the bad weather. The colour scheme has worked nicely however the Cineraria has swamped the Cordyline in the display. Chris and Carole suggested that this should have been cut back earlier in the season and then used as a hedging plant in the display.
 It has not been a good year for Ageratum as these are plants that need lots of sunshine.Carole however pointed out the nice colour range of Ageratum ‘Timeless Mix’ has done well in the large pots. Ageratum ‘Blue Planet’ – the original inspiration for the design – has suffered due to the poor summer. It was grown as a cut flower last year at Beechgrove and did well then in the warm sunny weather. It is time to start clearing the summer bedding now and start thinking about the display for next spring.
Aubergines and Peppers: Carole and Jim were in the greenhouse looking at the mini aubergines and sweet peppers. They talked about this summer’s weather once more - aubergines prefer high temperatures and high humidity. Despite the poor weather this year they have done quite well. Carole explained that we have tried a range of smaller varieties of aubergines and sweet peppers this year. There are several varieties of aubergine. ‘Ophelia’ is a small variety with traditional dark purple coloured fruits.
‘Kermit’ has very small green fruits and not really worth growing if you want to eat it.
‘Pinstripe’ is a better size with purple and white striped fruits.
There are also a couple of long, thin varieties – ‘Gretel’ (white) and ‘Ping Tung’ (purple).
‘Toga’ has produced very small but attractive stripy fruits.
Jim and Carole then looked at the sweet peppers.‘Kermit’ has very small green fruits and not really
worth growing if you want to eat it.‘Pinstripe’ is a better size with purple and white striped fruits.
There are also a couple of long, thin varieties – ‘Gretel’ (white) and ‘Ping Tung’ (purple). ‘Toga’ has produced very small but attractive stripy fruits. Jim and Carole then looked at the sweet peppers. ‘Snackbite’ is a good variety which can be picked easily and eaten straight from the plant.‘Minibell’ has more typically-shaped small fruits. Jim prefers ‘King of the North’, a larger variety which is good for cooler climates. This variety did very well last year and hasn’t fared too badly this year given the bad summer.