In the Garden this March

In the Pink - Inspired by working in the Logie House Garden

Pulmonaria rubra 'Bowles Red'

Pulmonaria rubra 'Bowles Red'

Spring is when this plant has its moment of glory but, throughout the year, it is a useful groundcover plant that is happy pretty well anywhere in a shady spot.  Its name refers to a distinguished English amateur horticulturalist and botanist, Edward Augustus Bowles (1865-1954)

The common name for Pulmonaria is Lungwort - from the Latin, pulmo, the lung.  In accordance with the old Doctrine of Signatures the plant was considered to be an effective remedy for diseases of the lung because the spotted leaves were supposed to resemble diseased lungs.  Fortunately medical knowledge has moved on a bit since then.



Chaenomeles 'Pink Lady'

Chaenomeles 'Pink Lady'

A real stalwart of cottage gardens where it is often seen in the form of a hedge along the front of the house, it is one of those plants that really responds to quite firm pruning.  The new shoots will flower much better the following year if cut back to just a few buds.  The common name for Chaenomeles is Japanese quince and the fruit produced in late summer is edible and can be cooked to make jams and jellies.  Very easy to grow, there are varieties of Chaenomeles with scarlet, orange, pink or white, flowers



Rheum new growth

Rheum palmatum 'Atrosanguineum' new growth

The new growth on the Rheum palmatum is a quite extraordinary bright red.  There is quite alot of red in the mature leaves but nothing like the concentration in the young growth.

Rheum palmatum is a majestic architectural plant, producing huge leaves and tall spires of flowers in the summer.   It is very happy growing in a damp spot in full sun or light shade.  The common name is Chinese rhubarb and it is a close relative of the edible rhubarb although it is not itself edible although used extensively in Chinee medicine.






Primula denticulata

Primula denticulata are the first primulas to brave the end of winter and seem able to cope with snow, hail, sleet and frost - and then the warm spring sunshine; they smile through it all!  They enjoy a spot in the garden that is sheltered from hot summer sun as they don't like drying out.  These pinky red ones are on the side of the burn in the garden here, alongside the Acorus gramineus 'Ogon', a golden, rush-like plant which positively glows at this time of the year.  It lightens up a shady corner and thrives in the damp.




Corydalis solida

This dainty woodlander is, rather to my surprise, a member of the poppy family.  The flowers are a pretty splash of joyous colour, above the ferny, grey-green, leaves.  The name comes from the Greek word for lark; the flowers have spurs (really a long straight hind claw) like those of larks.  A very good brick red variety is named after 'George Baker' who was an English Horticulturalist, and one of the founders of the textile company GP & J Baker





Bergenia cordifolia

Bergenias are often considered to be dull plants often found in swathes in public planting schemes.  On the contrary they are real workhorses which are amazingly tolerant of most conditions - apart from extreme heat, drought and wet.  They cover the ground with their gorgeous shiny leaves and produce wonderful flowers in the spring.  Many varieties have lovely red/mahogany coloured leaves throughout the year.  Bergenias are useful in any planting scheme where a little boldness can be a good contrast to smaller leaved plants

The genus was named for Karl August on Bergen (1704-1760) professor at Frankfurt an der Oder.  Cordifolia describes the leaves as heart-shaped.




These are just a few of the plants that give us such cheer in the garden at this time of the year - along with the blues and yellows!


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In the Garden this March

Terms & Conditions for fishing on Logie Estate

  1. Fishing on the river is restricted to 2 rods per beat and is to be by fly only. All fishing is from the right bank. By arrangement with the neighbouring estate there is no left bank fishing on the Relugas Middle and Top beats.
  2. The fishing is split into two 2 rod beats, Logie and Relugas, with Relugas sub divided into Middle and Top.  Beats can be taken together or separately. Logie is fished Monday to Saturday, Relugas Middle on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and Relugas Top on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Beats change at midnight.
  3. Fishermen must contact Logie Estate office on 01309 611300 a day or so before arrival to organise being shown onto the river. A map of pools, beats and access routes will be provided.
  4. Bio-security is important to the future of the river and anglers are asked to observe protection measures. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Conservation Code will be strictly observed. To summarise: All fish caught up to 14th May inclusive must be released. From 15th May, all salmon over 9 lbs / 4 kg / 28 inches / 72 cm are to be returned.  Below that measurement at least 70% of salmon and 50% of grilse caught should be released and a maximum of 1 salmon and / or 2 grilse per rod per week may be retained. In September all fish are to be returned. No gaffs or tailers are allowed.
  5. The Findhorn District Fishery Board Bio-security measures will be strictly observed and all fishermen in the party must sign the Bio-security Declaration. (Also available at
  6. The Estate recommends that barbless hooks are used, fishermen are in possession of a disgorger and that knotless nets are used. All possible care should be taken when returning fish to the river, they should be handled as little, and gently, as possible and should not be removed from the water.
  7. The catch should be reported at the end of each day of fishing to Logie Estate Office on 01309 611300. If the office is closed, please leave a message on the answering machine with the date, weight and pool. Please also report a nil catch day.
  8. Dogs are allowed on the river but must be kept strictly under control at all times. The Estate reserves the right to ask tenants to remove dogs if they are considered to be out of control.
  9. Rod, line and fly size are dependent on prevailing weather and water conditions and personal choice. In general, maximum rod length needed is 13ft with a size 8 or 9 line, usually floating. Fly sizes range from 6 – 8 in the spring down to 12 or less in summer low water.
  10. Safety must be considered at all times. All beats have a variety of pools with some suitable for most heights of water. Little wading is necessary and river paths are good however the fishing is within the Findhorn gorge, access to some of the pools is quite steep and a degree of rock scrambling is often necessary when playing and landing fish. Please be aware that a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required. A buoyancy aid for each rod is provided and should be collected from Logie Estate Office on arrival, and returned to the Estate Office (or to the outbuilding opposite if office is closed) on departure. Logie Estate strongly recommends that buoyancy aids are worn when fishing and not doing so is entirely at fishermen’s own risk. Please pay attention at all times, avoid slips and falls, wear appropriate footwear, look out for overhead electricity lines, watch the weather and pay attention to livestock. Take extra care if fishing alone.
  11. Anglers need to supply or hire their own equipment (except buoyancy aids, which are provided).
  12. Ghillieing/tuition is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. A half day ghillieing/tuition is approx. 3 hours, full day approx. 6 hours. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. Rates do not include discretionary tips.
  13. Rod, Reel & Line hire is available by on a first come, first served basis. This must be booked in advance with the Estate Office and is subject to availability. Please contact the estate office or check our website for current rates. A rod, reel and line set is for one person and is subject to a fully refundable damage deposit of £100.
  14. Aside from fishermen, others, including rafters and kayakers, enjoy this stretch of river and mutual respect and consideration is expected.
  15. Bookings are confirmed when initial payment is received. Subsequent changes in dates or number or rods are entirely subject to the Estate’s discretion and to availability. Change of dates, if accepted, incur an administration fee. In the event of a cancellation the tenant must advise Logie Estate immediately, whereupon Logie will endeavour to re-let. If a new tenant can be found the deposit will be returned less any expenses incurred for advertising, office costs, etc., and less any shortfalls in discounted list price. Until such time as a vacancy has been re-let the hirer is responsible for making any further payment by the due dates. Failure to do so may mean that the hirer forfeits any refund if the dates are re-let. If it is not possible to re-let, all payments are still payable by the due date(s). It is unlikely that a refund can be made for a late cancellation. Logie Estate recommends that fishermen take out relevant cancellation insurance.
  16. Subletting fishing is only allowed with Logie Estate’s permission.
  17. Logie Estate reserves the right to immediately withdraw fishing without compensation from anyone who breaks these or associated conditions, or flouts normal standards of behaviour or fishing etiquette.