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No Winter Lasts Forever…..

No Winter Lasts Forever.....

No winter lasts forever; no spring skips its turn. Kieran Gallagher, Cardwell Garden Centre   I think spring has to be my favourite season of the year, although I can sometimes be heard to say autumn. This is partly because of the gardening calendar, but also because […]

Time to Sow

Time to Sow

by Kieran Gallacher, Cardwell Garden Centre As I walked my dog this morning, I noticed that the daffodils outside are beginning to poke their stems through the soil. However, they are also tinged with frost around the stems and that sums up this time of year in […]

Preparing for the coming of Spring

 Preparing for the coming of Spring By Kieran Gallagher The weather last year was not at all gardening friendly, so I doubt I am alone in hoping for something a little more comfortable in 2016! Indeed, the weather was so bad for so much of the season […]

Sit back and enjoy something long and cool

Sit back and enjoy something long and cool Summer is when your hard work comes to fruition and you can enjoy the beauty of the greenery and flowers you’ve worked so hard to bring to maturity. But there are always jobs for the busy gardener, the least […]

The Beginning of the Gardening Year

The Beginning of the Gardening Year With the arrival of spring, the garden is beginning to stir quite seriously and if the weather is not too bad, it’s a wonderful opportunity to get down to some serious work preparing the garden for a glorious summer. To start […]

The Garden in February

February was known as ‘Filldyke’ by our ancestors. It is however one of the least wet months of winter. What it does suffer from however are a succession of dry, chilling east winds blowing from the cold wastes of Scandinavia, bringing heavy frosts and snow. It also […]

Project to tackle fuel poverty in Glasgow tenement housing scoops Housing Design Award

PassivTEN, a unique study by John Gilbert Architects aimed at eliminating fuel poverty from Glasgow tenement housing, has won the Saltire Society 2014 Innovation in Housing Award, sponsored by the Scottish Government. This study illustrates the significant changes that are required to improve the carbon emissions, energy […]

Summer – time for easy living

One of the best features of life in the West of Scotland is free. It’s the unique quality of the light in all its colour-changing, dappling intensity. Our long summer evenings are the best time to drink them in.   Treat your garden like another room in […]

Welcome to the most important part of the gardening year!

Welcome to the most important part of the gardening year!

Early Summer has arrived, and no mistake, with frequent showers combined with higher temperatures it means perfect conditions for incredibly vigorous plant growth. Unfortunately that includes the weeds as well! It’s not uncommon to feel that the garden is getting away from you at this time of […]

Big Green Egg for the very best in outdoor cooking

Big Green Egg for the very best in outdoor cooking

If you can’t wait for summer because you know how to nail the ultimate barbecue experience it might be time to think again. The Big Green Egg has arrived and Auldton Stoves is proud to be the first dealer in Scotland to sell them. The intriguingly named […]