Hop Boat

Hop BoatAdvert:

Five ‘male’ hop plants seeks female mate; must be prepared to re-locate to the HoBB Gardens or donate a cutting or root for a good cause : flowers!

Seriously, we do, as only the female plant produces the well loved flower garlands for drying and all of our hop plants at the HoBB are male.

We knew the need for a female hop plant thus realised we might get a male when buying our first Hop plant, but our second, and our third ..4th and 5th! For them all to turn out as male is against the odds.

Garden centres have no way of knowing which sex is which when the plants are less than 2 or 3 years old so I’m told, but of course they still sell all the young ones alongside photographs of the favoured female flowering gender.

So we are on the search for a female hop plant ‘guaranteed’. If you have a female (Hop Plant) or maybe you have some hop seeds, as we would definitely get one female from seed, please contact us and make five male plants very happy ;)

Waves from the World’s First Hop Dating Agency
~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ Grant

Stronachullin Topiary

Stronachullin Topiary‘Stronachullin’ is Scottish for ‘Blackthorn’ or ‘Sloe’ and it is also the name given to the West Highland village in Scotland where I once lived and worked. I have worked on topiary projects before but never using ‘Sloe’ and for those that don’t know these trees well, they have thorns that dry and can easily snap off as deep seated splinters – so thick gloves are essential.

The HoBB Garden Sloe Trees are being shaped into irregular ‘blobs’ that have been designed to house two sheltered seating areas facing South. As April arrives each year, these trees fire out their white blossoms ahead of their leaves and at the close of Autumn they fill with the very berries that give Sloe Gin its flavour.

If you are starting a garden and looking for a suitable plant for your own topiary dreams, pick Box, Ivy, Privet, Laurel, Hebe, Hawthorn – anything but Sloe!

~~~~~~~~~~ <+))))))))>< ~~~ waves from Grant