Great Autumn Offers 2016 - Primula & Auricula

Our 2016 Autumn Availability of Auricula and Primula.
Many of these were not available earlier in the year.
Get in quick to grab those which are rare or limited in numbers.

Click here to download a pdf of the Autumn Catalogue.
Click here to download a mail order form.
Click here for to order online or see the photographs of each plant.
Best Wishes,
  Hamish, Donald & Margaret



Autumn Shrub Sale 2016

A very small selection of our shrub sale plants:

Mahonia x media Charity

Dwarf Rhododendrons & Larger Hybrid Rhododendrons

Decaisnea fargesii (The fabulous blue bean Tree)

Escallonia rubra Macrantha, Griselinia Littoralis,
Hebe John Collier,
And many many more.....................

A Slow Snowy Spring

It is still cold.
Real Lambing snows this year……snow showers on Friday and Saturday , and frosts at night. Brrrrrrrrrh. 

The grass is growing but very slooooowwwly  even the dandelions are slow to open. There is an upside to everything, that gives you a fighting chance to get on top of them!
There is of course still much to be glad of and the photographs give a feel for why spring is such and heart lightening season.
And in case I forget the dawn chorus is a good as ever. We should bottle it and let it out on gloomy low light days.

March White Rabbit

Oh dear, oh dear…I find myself waking up and thinking about everything there is to do and panicking just like the white rabbit…I’m late I’m late.
Well, the only excuse is it has been a cold month. Well, in truth not even that, it has been a rough old switchback of a month, one mild sunny day and the next back to snow showers.
We have snow forecast on the tops again tonight.  So I have let other things dominate my time and energy; but the balance must shift back now and 'just get another layer of fleece on and get out there woman!'

I have been around the garden looking for signs of spring and my goodness they are all there.  The other evening I had a walk around and several “oh my goodness look at that” experiences.
Here are a few of them:
White Daphne mezeron, this just gets better slowly every year and of course a scent to knock your head off. 
White Daphne mezeron - Abriachan Nurseries

The snowdrops and snowflakes are giving way to the daffodils, and this year more than any other I have loved taking the daffodils indoors to watch the buds open. They are wonderfully cheerful.

Some nice crocus tomassinianus here and there, but for every ten we plant, the mice and voles find and eat nine. Still onwards and upwards, and let’s hope they have a population collapse this year..…the mice not the crocus. 

The Rhododendron praecox has defied all the odds and has avoided the frost on its ridiculously early blossom. It is a wonderful cloud of violet  purple. Bravo. 
Rhododendron praecox - Abriachan Nurseries

Hellebores are everywhere. Where we remember, or when they look too spotty, we cut the old leaves off and that lets the flowers show off really well and the new leaves seem to accelerate through. All sorts of flowers; doubles, dark and pale singles, white and spotty ones and some robust excellent hybrids like ericsmithii. Such great garden value.
Margaret Davidson
Hellebore - Abriachan Nurseries

Abriachan Hydro scheme - March Update

Despite a cold, occasionally wintry month…there has been really good progress with the new Abriachan hydro scheme.   (Click here to read the first explanatory blog post)

The cement arrived for casting the base for the turbine and was pumped over the stream ( the Kilianan)  by a 120ft long elephant’s trunk.

Abriachan Nurseries Hydro Scheme

The turbine building has been making steady progress and walls all in now. 
Abriachan Nurseries Hydro Scheme

The pipe to carry the water was welded together in sections and dragged down the hill to lie in its ditch like a giant black anaconda. 
Abriachan Nurseries Hydro Scheme

And most exciting, the new 99kw turbine arrived on a very sophisticated lorry and was craned into the new building and connected. The old turbine made its way out on the same day and was trucked away.  A small wistful glance from us all watching it go, when it operated well it was a good friend.
Abriachan Nurseries Hydro Scheme
Abriachan Nurseries Hydro Scheme

So, so far, good progress but quite a bit to go yet.
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