The programme catches up with Brian Cunningham at Scone Palace Garden to review the progress made to the David Douglas trail, and Carole also visits Tillypronie Garden near Tarland and delights in the swathes of heathers.
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Jim, George and Carole were in the Secret Garden on a lovely day and the sunny weather was bringing out the autumn colours. There is a fabulous planting combination here of a tree called
Cercidophyllum japonicum under planted with Kniphofia (Red hot pokers).
Cercidophyllum japonicum is a favourite with our presenters and was talked about endlessly at the
Rothesay Roadshow on Bute. In the autumn when the first frosts hit it starts to smell of candy floss or strawberry jam. The Corylopsis (above) which George gave a hard prune last year was also starting to show some leaf colour as was Bergenia cordifolia or ‘elephant’s ears’ (below).
George was outside the greenhouse. It is time to start planting bulbs for entering into the spring flower shows. If you fancy having a go at it, George explained that the best thing to do is to
work back from the show date to find out when to plant them. Approximately 12 weeks is required for the bulbs to grow and be ready in time for the show. George planted up some hyacinths and commented that these are garden hyacinths and not prepared bulbs for flowering at Christmas.
These will flower for shows at Easter time.
He used deep pots, such as old rose or clematis pots, so that the roots will have plenty of depth to grow in. He filled the pots with a compost made of bracken and wool with some added grit
for drainage. The bulbs were really packed into the pots onto the top of the compost with their noses above the compost. George noted that you need to read the information about the class you are entering. For example George planted three bulbs of the hyacinth ‘Ann Mary’ in a pot as three bulbs is the number required to display together to enter for this particular class. The pots were then put into a plunge bed and covered with about 6” of used compost (from old grow bags etc). This weighs down the bulbs and keeps them positioned in their pots.They would be left in the plunge bed until January. George being the old romantic suggested Burns Night (25th January) for the Aberdeen show in March or Valentine’s Day for the Caley (Edinburgh) show at the end of
March/beginning of April. With the Narcissi he planted as many bulbs as would fit into a pot. The aim was to get all of these to flower and be in perfect condition on the day of the show.