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We have been very fortunate weatherwise this year. We actually feel as if we have had a summer, after a few years of unpredictable weather. Our visit to Binny Plants walled garden setting was delightful. With the scent of roses and honeysuckle and the huge range of plants on display we were looking forward to seeing the nursery. We were met by our host

  "No not me. The chap in the hat is the Boss."

Billy Carruthers welcomed us and apologised for the dried appearance of some plants because of the hot weather we have had. He need not have worried as we saw little evidence of neglected plants. They all looked rudely healthy to us.

Passing the potting shed we noted the thousands of seed labels. The range offered here is surprisingly wide.

Think of a colour and you will find it here.

Think of a shape, that too will be found here.

Were you devastated when you broke that pot. Never fear, plenty of inspiration here. Recycle and transform it.  

A waterfall of sempervivums tumble down over broken crocks in to a stream of Erigeron Karvinskianum

Smellyvision would be great. You could share the scent of this old fashioned rose.  

Here is a tree cactus, an Aeonium. It is much sought after by gardeners who do not like its prickly relatives. It is not fully hardy and will need some winter protection.   

The Scottish National Bonsai Collection moved to Binny Plants when Suntrap Garden was put up for sale by the NTS. It is alive and well and enjoying its new home inside the walled garden.  

A team of dedicated Bonsai Gardening volunteers keep this area in pristine condition. They welcome visitors and are always on the lookout for new members.

Binny Plants are rightly proud of their collection of Paeonia. We had hoped we would be in time to see the wonderful display. They were running about three weeks late compared to other years but are now in their last week of flowering. These are just two of the wide selection available.  

Inside the polytunnels young plants are thriving.

Galega x hardlandii is a 1.2m high shrubby sweet pea look alike. A HP it will look good scrambling through a border.   

We were not the only visitors having a good time.

Sea Holly or Eringium is a strange looking plant but deserves a place in the border where it can display its strange flowers.

Campanula is a great plant whether you want a four foot giant for the HP border

or a tiny tumbler to cascade from a rockery or a pot. 

If you have the space available grasses can add colour, movement and a faint rustle when there is a breeze. There are small grasses suitable for patio pots too.  

Here roses, lupins, various other HP and summer flowering bulbs are impressive. 

Billy Carruthers paints pictures using plants and he does it so well he is assured of plenty more Gold medals from Chelsea and Gardening Scotland.

We ended a perfect evening with a cuppa, fresh strawberries and shh! chocolate biscuits. Thank you for arranging another great outing Gordon and thank you Billy for allowing us the freedom to roam wherever we liked on your lovely nursery. We will be back to let you know how well our latest acquisitions are growing.   

Thank you Senga for the lovely photographs.

Suntrap Gardening Club meet at 7.15pm in the Common Room at  

Ravelrig Riding for the Disabled 21 Ravelrig Gait Balerno Edinburgh EH14 7NH

Details on getting there are on

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