The garden is in a constant state of change and every plant or group of plants have their moment in the spotlight.
Growing rhododendrons and azaleas got into my blood in the early years of training around Dundee’s parks and nurseries.
The last week in April saw a return to cold winds and frost so care had to be taken to protect vulnerable plants.
This must be the driest April for a long time. Scotland gets rain in the west, and the north, but seems to miss the Tayside region.
Last year we got blest with a terrific display of tulips so we thought it would be a good idea to run with this theme by adding another big bulb plant in the autumn.
The spring rush is just round the corner. Last year it was in full flow at this time, but spring 2017 has been quite cool, so there has been no rush to start outdoor seed sowing and planting.
Gardening just like technology is moving onwards at a fast pace.
As the world moves on into an age of high technology, change and progress are happening at all levels.
Tomato growing has always been one of the gardening challenges with great rewards when you pick that first fruit fully ripened on the bush, and then followed by loads more as the season progresses. Summer salads would never be complete without some home grown tomatoes.
Orchids once held the reputation of being expensive to buy and difficult to grow as these exotics were not native to our climate.