Happy Holidays

A gardening staycation

With all the talk of over-tourism and stories of once, friendly locals in various parts of the world, who once gave a warm welcome, now becoming irate with the sheer volume of visitors, why not spend your annual holiday in your own garden.  A radical thought I know, but a week or two of stress-free gardening spent in the company of your blooms, is a much more promising  prospect than foreign lingo, airport meltdowns, and of course all that foreign food. I say the last bit in jest, of course.

You should give my suggestion some thought, especially when  you  realise you could blow your holiday budget on any number of plants, the border renovation you’ve been planning, or that summer house you’ve always wanted.

There is also the added bonus, that when the neighbours arrive back hot, complaining, and wishing they hadn’t left the grass to grow so long, your garden will be a paragon of peace and orderliness. Oh Bliss!!!

Go on, give it a go, you might just get to like it. I know where I’m going to be holidaying this year, and I’ve already booked for next year too. Well wherever you are going, enjoy yourself and send me a few pics of the blooms you see, if you get time. Happy travels Dave.

Here are a few things you could buy yourself, and of course, a few happy campers I’ve seen holidaying in the gardens of Kirkcudbright recently.




Ramble on

This is our rambling rose .


It’s called ‘Paul’s Himalayan Musk’. It had small, double, pink, scented blooms and this year flowered for the last three weeks of June. It was a delight to see it every day.


Unfortunately, as with all good things, it has come to an end.


Being a rambler, it only flowers once a year, in contrast to climbing roses, the majority of which flower throughout the summer. So now is the time to give it some attention, to get it ready for next year. You do this in three parts. Firstly cut out any dead wood.IMG_7309

Secondly cut all the spent blooms to a fresh leaf joint. Last but not least, tie in the new, whippy shoots  as horizontally  as possible and this will produce lots of  flowers next year. You can also give it a mulch of garden compost and that’s it, all ready for next year.

Job done, now our rambler is ready for next year


Quiz Time

Does anyone recognise this plant?


A wispy character it grows in abundance. It may be a friend to some but a foe to many. What is it? Pop you answer in the comments section and I’ll reveal all in the next blog post.

Plants for free

It never ceases to amaze me, how plants just love to reproduce themselves, by producing prolific amounts of seed, with which to create the next generation. Some are more prolific than others and include Foxgloves (Digitalis), Opium poppies(Papaver somniferum) and Purple toadflax (Linaria purpurea).

The trick is to control these plants by keeping an eye out for seedlings and removing the ones you don’t want and keeping the ones you. In that way you will get some great plants. For instance, as Foxgloves get bigger in late summer, I start to dig them up and plant them in gaps in the borders, so they will give height to a display the following  year. I do the same with Forget-me-nots, which will add ground cover and act as a companion to daffodils and tulips. It costs  me absolutely nothing but my time, and when I see the results I’m always glad I made the effort.

It can at first, be hard to recognise seedlings, so below are a few pictures of some common ones to help you with identification.

Opium poppies





Purple Toadflax


If you haven’t had chance to visit my YouTube channel, davesgardeningtales, here is a list of my  latest video releases. It’s just a bit of fun but you can see what I’m writing about in the flesh, so to speak.

Bee friendly Kirkcudbright – a short fun video

Summer sizzlers – featuring some hot, hot, plants

The productive garden – an excellent example of a well laid out growing area

….. and coming up  next, on Saturday 4th August 2018 –  Plants for free.

Well, that’s all for this time. Thanks once again for your company. Don’t forget if you want to get in touch with any thoughts, comments, or ideas, you can contact me at Coming up in my next blog post, out on Thursday 2nd August  2018, I’ll be giving  you a sneak peak into one of the gardens on Kirkcudbright’s famous Arts and Crafts Trail. Just to tickle your curiosity, here are a few tasters.


Until next time,

Happy gardening Dave.