The Stopwatch Gardener

A gardening blog from Sheila M. Averbuch

SWG003 Mid February in a Scottish cottage garden


Phlox stolonifera Blue Ridge large

Welcome to the latest Stopwatch Gardener podcast, where I take a mid-February walk around the garden. In this episode I’m looking at a creeping phlox, dreaming of meconopsis, and announcing my 2014 Rare Plants for Rare Disease Research fundraiser for neuroacanthocytosis patients. There’s a link to subscribe to this audio podcast at the bottom of this blog, or you can sign up in the margin here to get an e-mail alert whenever I publish a new episode.

This week I take a look at some of the shade-tolerant plants growing in my slim east-facing border, including a phlox I saw originally at the High Line in New York, plus I’m glancing out at the window boxes which make such a difference during my working day here in the office.

In this episode I am also delighted to announce my 2014 Rare Plants for Rare Disease Research fundraiser, which I first conducted in 2012. Essex-based Beth Chatto Gardens are the first sponsor on board, agreeing to donate plants for this year’s fundraiser. Thank you, Beth! I’d love to hear from you if you run a nursery and would be willing to donate any rare or unusual plants to this unique event. Contact me here if you could donate plants.The sale will be here in my garden outside Edinburgh on 24 May, from 10am-1pm.

We’re raising funds for research into one of the world’s rarest rare diseases, neuroacanthocytosis (NA), a neurodegenerative disease similar to Huntington’s. My friends’ daughter in London was diagnosed with NA some years ago, and since then my friends have funded scientists’ research themselves — through both grant-raising and direct fundraisers like ours — hoping to find the cause of and potential therapies for the disease. Please get in touch if you can help!

Plants mentioned in this episode:

  • Rhododendron
  • Meconopsis
  • Bergenia Wintermarchen
  • Hebe
  • Cyclamen coum
  • Phlox stolonifera ‘Blue Ridge’
  • Snowdrop: Galanthus Nivalis flore pleno
  • Crocus

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