The Beechgrove Garden is back! Spring-loaded and raring to grow. The sun always shines in Beechgrove, but how has the sunniest winter since records began affected growing conditions? Jim McColl, Carole Baxter, George Anderson and Chris Beardshaw find out.
Carole and Jim know that people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, but there is an air of competition as they take on neighbouring greenhouses and pack them full of food and flowers all year round. George visits the Scottish Rock Garden Club’s show in Kincardine. Who has grown the best bulbs, perfect primula or the iconic iris and how? Gardening lights up our lives, but in Glasgow Botanic Gardens they have taken that to a new level. George experiences the eerie elegance of the Electric Gardens.
The Beechgrove Garden episode 1 2015
Jim, Carole, Chris and George launched the new series from the bridge overlooking the main pond on a glorious spring morning at Beechgrove. It has been the sunniest winter since records began back in 1929.
George grows a lot of bulbs for Spring Flower Shows and commented that in Edinburgh it was sunny until February, which really accelerated the bulbs but since then the weather has been dull and growth has slowed right down.
For Carole, whose garden is in a frost pocket, there had been a few frosts with temperatures only dipping as far as -6ºC for a brief spell and there was no snow, which was similar to Beechgrove. In the Cotswolds, Chris said that winter had been similar to the West coast of Scotland –it was wet and mild in early autumn and after Christmas it became cold at night, which has held back budding on woody plants. Viewers have been sending us their photos over winter.
George visited the Scottish Rock Garden Club’s (SRGC) Show held in the Kincardine Community Hall on 21st March 2015. The SRGC Spring Show provides a real
opportunity to see a wide range of plants including many that are very rare or newly introduced to cultivation along with old favourites.