Zen

This page is where I go and get either plants, inspiration and sundries!

 

Garden Centres/Nurseries

Here, I tried to provide the website so you can check out the opening times, catalogues and location yourselves 🙂

Binny’s Plants – Lots to choose from here! There are lots of Peonies to choose from, perennials, grasses and more!  I love the walled garden – in my head it’s so secret!

Happy Bees! Peony from Binny's.
Happy Bees!
Peony from Binny’s.

Pentland Plants – I would say this is my local!  As well as outside stock they grow their own plants to sell.  They usually stock the organic peat free compost I like as well! Stop for a coffee break at the Pandola Cafe!

I get my organic peat free compost from Pentland Plants.
I get my organic peat free compost from Pentland Plants.

The Secret Herb Garden – my go to for herbs!  They have so many varieties of lavender, thyme and rosemary, not to mention a lot of herbs to ooh’s and ahhs at!  It’s sensory heaven! Delicious cakes and quiches in the cafe await you!

Rows and rows of wonderful herds at the Secret Herb Garden
Rows and rows of wonderful herds at the Secret Herb Garden

Damhead Garden Centre – Just round from The Secret Herb Garden, so you could do both in the same trip if you can manage!  A god selection of plants to choose from with the Pentland hills as a backdrop!

Smeaton Nursery Garden – this is definitely one of my favourite nurseries down the East Lothian way.  I think the old traditional wall round the garden makes it very special and almost secret!  Lots of lovely plants to choose from and they also have a cafe/tearoom.

Border Belles – You need to contact them from an appointment to visit this nursery.  On past experience, I’ve bought their plants from Earthy (but they no longer sell plants at Ratcliffe Terrace), so I’m seeking out who does and I’m going to arrange a visit to the nursery very soon!

A bell of a Belle form Border belles via Earthy Foods.
A bell of a Belle form Border belles via Earthy Foods.

Homebase – Sometimes when I’m in, I don’t see much but other times there is loads to choose from.  I usually look around the discount trolleys as there sometimes are bargains to be had!

Dobbies – Again straight to the bargain corner to see if there are any plants that I could take home and give some TLC too.  But otherwise an extensive range of plants.  There is also a cafe with lots of seating, but beware, it does get rather noisy with mums&kids!

Cockenzie House & Gardens – A rare find and I am very thankful to a friend who told me about this!  During the summer (for sure!) there is a plant sale in the garden/allotments. Really good prices – grab yourself a bargain!

MacPlants – A small nursery but boy do they have some pretty cool plants!  I wonder to myself why I don’t go as often as I should 🙂

Plants, Shoots & Leaves – A lovely small nursery that’s in working progress.  Lots of plants to choose from and Karen, the owner is very helpful!

Strawberry Corner – a small but good range of plants, they do hardware too.  They supply greenhouses & huts, so quite multi-functional

New Hopetoun Gardens – Lots of little gardens in this garden centre to get inspiration and an extensive plant collection too.  They also have a gift shop and a café.

Allium – If I’m heading up to Aviemore I usually stop here to stretch my legs and see what they have.  I’ve been known to come away with a few plants especially from the bargain corner!  Plus I’m thinking they could be selected for their hardiness which is a good point!

Inshriach Nursery – Just situated outside Aviemore is a lovely nursery with a good range of alpines. Don’t miss out on the Potting shed cake and whilst you eat that cake you can watch the birds through the window!

The Speyside Heather Centre – Just north of Aviemore, you can choose from heathers to hellebores and more!

Simpsons Garden Centre – If you are heading to Inverness, you may want to stop by here and check out the plants.  They have an extensive range of fruit trees to choose from and they have won several awards.

Logie Steading Plants – When I decided to take the remote road (and I mean VERY remote road) from Aviemore to Forres I did not realise how remote it was until I was actually on it! Just have enough fuel to get you there and back (not that I didn’t) it was kinda scary being the only car for miles but don’t let that put you off!  The Nursery was ever so less scary and I aim to revisit as they had a wonderful collection!

Klondyke Garden Centre – Another garden centre which is handy to me, or just too handy! Good selection of plants and sundries.  I keep eyeing up a hanging egg chair for the garden, one of these days I will get it!

Inspiration:  

Visits to some of Scotland’s Gardens via the registered charity set up to raise funds for other deserving charities.  There are gardens that are tiny and others huge and they are all listed on the website.  Some have plant sales and others have coffee and cake stalls or do both.

Do try and visit the Royal Botanic Gardens – I’ve been to Benmore and Edinburgh and can’t praise them enough!  I’ve still yet to visit the Logan and Dawyck Gardens.

From the meadow at RBGE
From the meadow at RBGE

Another garden to visit is Kailzie Gardens – stunning gardens and so tranquil!

Yellowed out at Kailzie Gardens
Yellowed out at Kailzie Gardens

Pinterest is a good way to get lots of ideas, but I warn you it can get dangerous!  I’ve given you a link to one of my garden boards to get you started!

Other Sundries:

Ebay & Amazon are good to get some sundries like plant tags and propagators. I did get my greenhouse and staging from via amazon.co.uk – although the instructions were a little tricky even for my Dad to follow!

my greenhouse!
my greenhouse!

If you live near a big Tesco, they usually sell plants just at the front.  I also bought the water butt from my local store.

Grab a potting bench from Aldi’s, if you can.  Decent value and easy to erect.  Lidl’s are quite handy too for plants, all of mine have survived even the succulents, which I’m surprised about!

Also in mid-May, the Edinburgh Council Garden & Nursery Department has a massive sale. There is lots of bedding plants, some perennials and some vegetables to choose from. Really good prices, so worth a trip.  See Edinburgh Council’s site for info & dates.

Want to be helping out a local charity and want good compost – grab a bag of soil association approved compost from Tiphereth Trading and feel good!

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