How the Royals used flowers to symbolise love

How Queen Victoria and Prince Albert used the symbolism of flowers to express their love for each other and their families is one the many themes explored in a new art exhibition on display at The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh – Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden. The gift of flowers to send a…

Himalayan balsam – invasive species identification

One of the jobs I was asked to do when gardening this week was to find clumps of Himalayan balsam (Impatiens glandulifera) in a lochside garden and pull it out of the ground before the flowers went to seed. Like Japanese knotweed, Himalayan balsam is an invasive plant, which tolerates low light levels and often…

Top tips on Summer entertaining – The Cut magazine

Summer is the perfect time for a spot of outdoor entertaining. While July may have been a bit of a wash out, there’s guaranteed to plenty more sunshine on the horizon over August and September so now is the time to get organised for your next outdoor bash. If you are in need of some…

Date for your diary – Ayr Flower Show, 5-7 August 2016

Following a very inspirational year at Gardening Scotland – the country’s national outdoor living show at Ingliston, which took place at the start of June – it’s good to know there’s still another fabulous gardening event on the horizon for us Scots to look forward to. This year sees the Ayr Flower Show celebrate its 56th…

Take part in the Big Butterfly Count

Over the next three weeks (15 July – 7 August) we should all put aside 15 minutes to monitor the number of butterflies in our gardens – taking part in the UK’s Big Butterfly Count. Launched in 2010, this nationwide survey aims to help experts assess the health of our environment.  Butterflies react very quickly…

Celebrating 85 years of Scotland’s Gardens

The Duchess of Rothesay helped Scotland’s Gardens mark its 85th anniversary this week at a special birthday tea party held in the grounds of the charity’s longest standing open garden, Winton House in East Lothian. Her Royal Highness met volunteers and staff who help the organisation ‘open the gates’ of hundreds of gardens across Scotland every…

Power of Food Festival held in Edinburgh

This weekend (18-19 June) sees the Power of Food Festival return to Edinburgh for a second year. Sixteen community gardens will be welcoming the public through their gates – from Newhaven to Merchiston, Granton to Tollcross, and everywhere in between to celebrate the power of community food growing. In this post we hear from Rebecca from…

People’s Choice winners announced at Gardening Scotland

  Visitors attending Gardening Scotland this weekend have decided on the well-deserved ‘People’s Choice’ winners for the 2016 show. On what was an exceptionally busy start to the three day event,  the ‘I Dig It Award’ for the Best Show Garden, sponsored by Bakker.com was awarded to the Scottish Prison Service. The Show Garden ‘Within these…

A sneak preview into Gardening Scotland’s Show Gardens

Following all the television and media coverage around the Chelsea Flower Show last week – particularly its very decadent show gardens – I’m getting very excited about Scotland’s equivalent – Gardening Scotland – which takes place from Friday till Sunday next weekend at Ingliston, near Edinburgh. As well as showcasing some of the finest floral delights…

Get your gardening questions answered at Gardening Scotland

Have you got a gardening query that you’ve always wanted to know the answer to? Well this year’s Gardening Scotland offers the perfect opportunity for you to put your questions to the experts! From Friday 3rd until Sunday 5th June, the Royal Horticultural Society’s (RHS) Gardening Theatre will be filled with all the best-known faces…

Win two tickets to BBC Gardeners World Live!

Have you got a gardening question for a famous person like Monty Don or Alan Titchmarsh? Well now could be your time to get it answered! The Bonnie Gardener has teamed up with the BBC Gardeners World Live Show which takes place from 16th-19th June at the NEC in Birmingham – and is giving away…

Plants to help butterflies

I wanted to use this post to share an article from Hartley Botanics about how to help and support  the UK’s butterfly population. If you want to attract these lovely creatures into your garden it’s important to know what kind of plants attract them and why. Adult butterflies, for example, will take and feed on nectar…