Sunday, 9 July 2017

Plant of the month July 2017

Callistemon viridiflorus (Mountain bottlebrush)
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: Tasmania
Accession: 2010
Location: Australia

The evergreen bottlebrushes are found only in Australia, and all have flowers with long colourful stamens produced in cylindrical spikes. Mountain bottlebrush is a hardy medium-sized shrub, with the young foliage flushed pink and downy. The flowers are up to 7cm long, with pale yellow-green filaments, borne in dense clusters in midsummer, and followed by fruits which are woody capsules.




Thursday, 29 June 2017

Friends' Anthology Project, 2nd Focus Day

The second focus day for the Friends' Anthology project will take place on 19th August. This project offers local writers, poets, artists and photographers a unique opportunity to showcase their work by submitting it for inclusion in an anthology scheduled to appear in the spring of 2019. Further details can be found at the project web site.

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

Friends visit to the Garden of Remembrance at RM Condor Sunday 25th June.

The globe at the centre of the garden - and the Unit's badge.


8.5 tonnes of granite from Aberdeenshire for the memorial.

All of the 6000 plants in the Garden have to be in the Unit's colours of red, yellow and blue.


4.5 tonnes of rock from the Falklands - shipped back to the UK.

The clover is left deliberately for the bees.

Thursday, 8 June 2017

Plant of the Month June 2017

Echium pininana
Family: Boraginaceae
Origin: Canary Islands
Accession: 2016
Location: By MacroMicro Studio

E. pininana is a rosette-forming biennial or short-lived perennial with lance-shaped, roughly silver-hairy leaves to 7cm long. Each rosette produces a flower panicle up to 4m long of funnel-shaped blue flowers with large bracts in summer. It needs full sun in a sheltered position and protection from winter frosts. In its native habitat in La Palma it is now endangered through habitat loss.



Monday, 29 May 2017

Fascinating foraging walk and talk with Clare in the Garden yesterday - showing us all what is edible and what is not.



Angelica (edible) versus giant hogweed (poisonous) - same family

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Friends plant sale in the Garden this Sunday 21st from 11am. Also lots of other things going on in the Garden - wood turners, the bee keepers, the birds of prey, the BarrowBand: Broccoli
( ww.youtube.com/watch?v=kCdJuk_2ix8 ) and much more. Free entry.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Plant of the month May 2017

Rhododendron augustinii
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: Central and Western China
Accession: 1985
Location: Asia

This evergreen rhododendron species is in the subsection Triflora, which are very free-flowering. It grows best in a woodland setting with some shelter, and will tolerate near neutral soil. It was discovered by Dr. Augustine Henry, a medical officer, in Szechuan, China, and introduced in 1899.




Wednesday, 5 April 2017

Plant of the Month April 2017

Amherstia nobilis - Pride of Burma
Family: Fabaceae
Origins: Burma
Location: Tropical Glasshouse
Accession: 1984

This tropical tree has spectacular flowers and large compound leaves bearing 6 - 8 leaflets, drooping and brown when young. It is widely cultivated for ornament in the humid tropics, but very rare in the wild. Discovered by Nathaniel Wallich in a Burmese temple in 1827, it was named after Lady Amherst, the wife of the British Governor General. The Duke of Devonshire obtained plants for a special ‘Amherstia house’ at Chatsworth, but could not to get it to flower for many years.


Monday, 13 March 2017

Easter eggventure in the Garden 9th April - a children's event

The Friends are holding a members' event in the Garden, aimed at children under the age of 10, accompanied by as many parents/grandparents as they like, on Sunday 9th April from 3pm - approximate end time 4.15pm.
There will be Easter related activities, including decorating an egg, but please bring your own hardboiled egg!
Numbers are limited for this event, so booking is essential.
Please book via email to the committee email address fudbg.committee@gmail.com
There is no charge.

Saturday, 4 March 2017

Plant of the month March 2017

Cunninghamia lanceolata
Family: Cupressaceae
Origin: China
Accession: 1979
Location: Garden of Evolution

C. lanceolata is a conical evergreen tree with softly spined, needle-like leaves which spiral around the stem, bearing two greenish-white stomatal bands beneath. Cones are small, spherical and inconspicuous. The tree tends to sucker around the base and grow in a multi-trunked form. It is a prized timber tree in China, producing highly durable scented wood, and is also grown as an ornamental tree reaching 15-30m in height. It was named after Dr. James Cunningham, an East India Company surgeon at Amoy, China, who introduced it to cultivation in 1702.

Friday, 3 March 2017

New log play area in the Garden under construction - financed by the Friends.



Sunday, 26 February 2017

Berry Good for You: Berries and Human Health.

Sunday 5th March 2017

Gordon McDougall of the James Hutton Institute.    The talk will cover work from the Institute and its collaborators which suggests that berries have beneficial effects on cardiovascular health, type 2 diabetes, cancers, neurodegenerative diseases and infections.  Berries have an ancient, almost mythological association with health and have been used as cures in Scottish folklore and from other cultures.  Dr McDougall examines the accruing evidence for health benefits from berries such as raspberries, black currants and strawberries, which have been bred at his institute for many years.  Education Centre in the Garden at 2 p.m. Free to members of the Friends; others – donations welcome.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Sunday 12th February 2017

We regret this event has had to be cancelled. We hope to reschedule later in the spring or summer.

Daryll Archibald, of the Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research, and Policy at Edinburgh University will talk about his research on Green Gyms for Older People.  Education Centre in the Garden at 2 p.m.  Free to members of the Friends; others – donations welcome.

Monday, 6 February 2017

Some hard digging going on in the tropical glasshouse on Thursday as Clare and Kevin remove a date palm.




Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Plant of the month February 2017

Rhododendron dauricum
Family : Ericaceae
Origin: N & E Asia
Accession: 1987
Location: Asian area at the far end of the Garden

This rhododendron species, introduced to Britain in 1780, is a compact, deciduous shrub growing to 2 metres with some of its leaves persisting overwinter. It is native to Eastern Siberia, Mongolia, and the north of China and Japan. The specific name relates to the area of collection - Dauria in south-east Siberia, present day Transbaikal. Due to its hardiness, with reports of plants surviving to -32oC, Rhododendron dauricum has been used widely for plant breeding. It requires a moist, well-drained, acid soil.
















Thursday, 12 January 2017

Red squirrels being very bold this morning in the Garden. There were three, but they didn't oblige me by all being in the frame at the same time. The greedy one in the feeder was very possessive.




Tuesday, 10 January 2017

Plant of the month January 2017

Tibouchina urvilleana (Glory flower)
Family: Melastomataceae
Origin: S. Brazil
Accession: 1976
Location: Temperate Glasshouse






Tibouchina urvilleana is a sprawling evergreen shrub native to Brazil, growing 3-6m tall and 2-3m wide. Its elliptic, softly hairy leaves have prominent longitudinal veins, and the rich violet-purple flowers have exserted, blackish stamens. Requiring a minimum temperature of 3°C, in temperate areas it is often grown in a conservatory, though in frost-free areas around the world it is a very popular outdoor landscape plant.
The specific epithet urvilleana commemorates the 19th century French explorer and botanist Jules Dumont d’Urville (1790-1842).