Gardeners Blog

Update 26 June 2023

A word from Claudia, our Resident Gardener here at Dr Neil’s…

Photo of Claudia

“It’s been a busy old time in the garden this past month. The Volunteers and I have been oiling and painting all the benches in the garden and a visiting group of Chevening Scholars, did a fine job of painting the glass shelter and the very popular covered seat in the Physic Garden. Steps are being set level and the wall behind the pond is being repaired by the Community Service Volunteers, after damage by vandals.

We opened for ‘Scotlands Gardens‘ on 6th and 7th of May, raising money for Nursing and Gardening Charities and Dr Neils Garden. It was a well-attended weekend and we sold lots of plants.

The long, cold spring was challenging, as the greenhouse filled up to bursting with seeds sown and cuttings growing on apace, cold frames filled as young plants were eased into readiness to go out into the borders…but where were the warming spring days…as the night time temperature resolutely continued to dip below 3 deg and daytime didn’t get above 10 deg, everything was getting desperate in the greenhouse…whitefly and thrips began to emerge, “Its nearly June!” I kept saying…

At last the temperatures rose and the team managed to get all the plants out into the garden by the last weekend in May”

Photo credit: @monagraphs

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