In early youth, once you are old enough to sample a wee bit of alcohol you go over a threshold with a new experience that stays with you, but is forever changing as life evolves.
A mature garden that has been well designed with a lot of interest all year round gives a great deal of pleasure and has plenty of plant stories to write about.
Orchids once held the reputation of being expensive to buy and difficult to grow as these exotics were not native to our climate.
Gardening this summer has become a task to plan ahead to avoid the thunder showers and if the sun is forecast to shine for a few hours we need to be outdoors to bring in the harvest.
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.
Gardeners have always loved to rise to the challenge of getting the biggest plant possible.
My first experience of fresh raspberries goes back to the early fifties as this wee scruffy lad joined a band of other kids from the new housing estate St. Mary’s and headed into the countryside to pick some berries for which we would get paid a hefty price of a half penny for every pound picked.
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.
Roses were at their most popular about 50 years ago.
Growing rhododendrons and azaleas got into my blood in the early years of training around Dundee’s parks and nurseries.