Scintillating Scillas

Scilla bifolia

Spring Squill, Scilla verna, on Mingulay If you have ever wandered along the coastal cliffs of the north and west of the British Isles, you may have encountered one of the most delicate of our native spring flowers, the Spring Squill, Scilla verna. Nestling in the short turf or tucked into crevices, when abundant it… Continue reading Scintillating Scillas

Easter: lambs, lions, swans & buns

Easter buns

Easter buns March arrived as docile as a lamb and then began to roar, continued to roar and will leave still roaring. Spring took one look at the weather map and immediately fled southwards, leaving us cold, wet and miserable. Any daffodil foolhardy enough to raise its head was immediately decapitated, the primroses huddled in… Continue reading Easter: lambs, lions, swans & buns

At Home on the Range…..

Belted Galloways

“Oh, give me a home where the buffalo roam" - Dr. Brewster Higley (1874) Summer Grassland - Ardivachar, South Uist This is not exactly the Hebridean equivalent of the Great Plains, but it is an example of unimproved grassland and although it looks like a completely natural habitat, it is the product of careful grazing… Continue reading At Home on the Range…..

A Visit from the Widow

Iris tuberosa Widow Iris

A couple of weeks ago, iris-type leaves emerged in the lean-to-garden and produced a bud. No plant label, which is not too unusual, but the Head Gardener had no recollection of planting iris tubers in this particular spot. Eventually the identity of the mystery plant as revealed as the flower opened. It is a plant… Continue reading A Visit from the Widow

Plan B?

Wrecked polytunnel

We have just survived one of the worst weeks of weather I can remember for a long time. Storm force winds had been forecast for Saturday 13 February and by the late afternoon it was gusting about 70 mph, so we were not too surprised when there was a electrical power surge which blew several… Continue reading Plan B?