Monday, 22 August 2016

Meet Harry the long eared bat who visited the Garden last night with his carer. His friend Benjy, a pipistrelle, was released in the Garden after being rescued last October and cared for by a member of the Tayside Bat Group.

About a dozen people joined Clare on the bat walk she organised in the Garden. The Bat Group had brought sonic detectors so we were able to hear the bats as well as see them in the dusk.

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Plant of the month for August
Agave filifera (Thread agave)
Family: Asparagaceae
Origin: Central Mexico
Location: Temperate glasshouse

Agave filifera is a small or medium sized succulent plant that forms stemless rosette up to 3 feet (90 cm) across and up to 2 feet (60 cm) tall. The leaves are dark green to a bronzish-green in color and have very ornamental white bud imprints. The flower stalk is up to 11.5 feet (3,5 m) tall and is densely loaded with yellowish-green to dark purple flowers up to 2 inches (5 cm) long.
The specimen in the glasshouse reaches to the roof and hasn't flowered for ten years.