Nothing says ‘I love you’ like tickets to Gardening Scotland

February is here and Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. This year, instead of giving a dozen red roses, why not surprise your loved one by treating them to a pair of tickets to Gardening Scotland?

What could be more romantic than giving your heart’s desire the opportunity to see the most beautiful floral fair in the country, taking place at the Royal Highland showground at Ingliston from Friday 3rd to Sunday 5th June?

Tickets to Scotland’s biggest and most renowned outdoor living show will give the love in your life the opportunity to learn about growing gorgeous flowers for cut displays as well as access to the best seasonal gardening tips, foody delights and maybe even a champagne afternoon tea.

If roses are on your mind as Valentine’s Day approaches, then perhaps you may also appreciate some tips on how to take care of them at this time of year.

rosa-ena-harkness-While roses may be prominent in February, they do not naturally flower at this time of year. If you are a fan of this full bodied bloom, then winter is the perfect time to order bare-rooted roses to ensure you can get them off to a flying start for summer. There is a huge variety of roses on offer, from floribundas to hybrid tea cultivars, bush varieties and creeping vines. Here’s a few things to keep in mind when caring for them.

Roses are hungry plants, so make sure you add plenty of organic matter, such as well-rotted manure or compost, to the soil before planting.

Newly-planted roses will need to be kept well-watered when they are trying to establish.

Add rose fertiliser in March or April, at the start of the growing season, and again in June to repeat-flowering varieties.

When flowers are ready, cut them regularly to encourage further growth.

Gardens open in East Lothian

Scotland’s Gardens, a registered charity, was created in 1931 in order to facilitate the opening of private gardens to the public as a means of raising money to support the training and pensions of the Queen’s Nurses, generally known as District Nurses. Four years earlier The National Gardens Scheme had been founded in England for the same purpose.

East Lothian gardens that are open to the public on specific dates include several in Athelstaneford Village, Dirleton Village, Gifford Village, Greywalls, Humbie Dean, Inveresk Lodge Garden, Inveresk Village, Newhailes, Shepherd House, Stenton Village, Traprain Garden Circle, Tyninghame House and Winton House.  A full listing can be seen here.

The garden pictured is Garvald Grange, one the gardens included in the Traprain Garden Circle.

The 2016 Guidebook can be purchased on the Scotland’s Gardens website can be purchased for £7 including p&p.

More info: www.scotlandsgardens.org