It’s June and even in the Beechgrove Garden it should be time to remove the vest and finally plant out the bedding plants. Jim, Carole and George urge caution and protection as they plant out a traditional summer bedding scheme.
Carole is taking no chances with her tender veg and does a little undercover work in the polytunnel. Jim is with the Woodend Barn allotmenteers at Banchory. Every day is a school day even for Jim as he learns new recipes for successful compost.
This is our second visit to Scone Palace garden. Head gardener, Brian Cunningham carries on with his plans for a tribute to plant hunter David Douglas.
Beechgrove Garden episode 10 2015:
1. Traditional Summer Bedding Display
Jim and George joined Carole down in the Trials’ Area, where she explained about the design for this year’s display. It is inspired by a cut flower which was grown at Beechgrove last year – Ageratum ‘Blue Planet’. This is a tall-growing Ageratum (30cm) with long-lasting, sky-blue flowers. This led on to a colour scheme of blue
mixed with pink and silver. Jim told us that his Dad, who worked in the parks’ department in Helensburgh, meticulously planned his formal bedding schemes, the
drawing board would come out and this meant when it came to planting his team knew exactly which plant went where.
2. Woodend Barn Allotments
Jim visited Woodend Barn Allotments in Royal Deeside near Banchory. They are in a beautiful rural location with stunning views across the forest-covered hills.
Jim was finding out from Mark how the allotments have thrived since we last visited when they were new in 2007. The main changes over the last 8 years were the establishment of the windbreak hedge and the addition of another field to the allotment site, which now has 115 plots.
It was leek planting time and George explained that leeks should be planted out just before mid-summer as they like a short day length at first and then a long day length to get them established. George is growing 3 types of leek this year.