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April – Great British Weather

This morning we woke to a ‘whiteout’ having had overnight snow showers. The snow slowly melted but the daffodils and other flowers have been knocked down and the very strong, cold winds are not helping. The temperature has gone from a very pleasant 22° to a very cold 3°…oh the joys of the great British weather. Despite the unpredictable British weather, there is plenty of colour in the garden as many of the Spring bulbs and early flowering plants and shrubs…

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Bees Bees Bees

As you may know from the latest March entry of my Parkhead Gardens blog, I have been attending a Beekeepers course. I found this great article from the Telegragh the other day titled “10 tips for lovers of bees”. It gives 10 pratical and informative ways to encourage bees into your garden.        

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March – Spring into action

As we move into March the spring temperatures rise (we hope), the daylight hours increase and so the spring tasks in the garden step up a gear.I have managed to do much of the pruning and all the clematis have been cleared up, tied in and fed. The Hazel Corylus Maxima (Filbert) was pruned when the catkins came into show as this helps with the pollination due to the branches being shaken. In late summer, I ‘brutted’ the long branches,…

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Clematis Alpina - Parkhead Gardens Perthshire Scotland

February – Planting Clematis

This month at Parkhead Gardens I’m waiting on a delivery of 14 clematis plants from Taylors Clematis Nursery. I will keep some in the greenhouse as they will be planted along side my climbing roses on the new fence in the side garden. The other clematis will go in various spots in the garden as soon as possible. We will have variety of clematis this year, all flowering at various times: the early Alpine clematis, a large flower variety for…

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The History of Parkhead Gardens

Parkhead House was built several hundred years ago as a thatched house. At some stage, the thatch caught fire and what remained was rebuilt as the bungalow we see today. In the 1930s, it was run as a 16-acre farm by the Baker Family. In 1950, it was sold for £2,500 to the Gray Family. When we purchased it in 1982, only one acre remained as they had slowly sold off the land for building plots. The garden was not…

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Wisteria Floribunda - Parkhead Gardens Perthshire Scotland

January – Pruning

At the moment, the ground is frozen and it’s far too cold to be in the garden but I did manage to get out yesterday and prune all the Wisterias. I have six Wisterias in the garden, one of which is a stunning white colour that is late flowering and it needs major work due to its maturity and coverage over the pergola in the side garden. The other Wisterias are still young plants, three of which are the usual…

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Parkhead Gardens Survive Hurricane Winds

After the battering Scotland got from the January 3rd 2012 hurricane winds (recorded up to 105mph), Parkhead Gardens got off lightly. Apart from a few pots being blown over, we are happy to report no lasting damage was done and we look forward to the season ahead. Some areas did not fair so well –  read this article from the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh  

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As seen on BBC TV – Beechgrove Garden

BBC One Beechgrove Gardens Episode 15 saw the Beechgrove Garden crew visit Parkhead Gardens. Carole Baxter visited this amazing garden and was treated to the rare collection of breathtaking Mylnefield Lilies – delicate flowers with various intricate formations and hues ranging from gold and red through orange and yellow to speckled cream.

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Visit Us

Open by arrangement | 1 May - 30 September

Parkhead House
Parkhead Gardens
Burghmuir Road

£5.00 Entry Fee | Children Free
Partial Wheelchair Access
No dogs except guide dogs

National Collection Lillies for sale
Masterclasses on Lily cultivation

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For all bookings please call Madeleine Tinson,
or use the Contact Form to email your enquiry

Tel: 01738 625983