Blooming heck! Exotic plants flower early at Logan

Exotic plants are bursting into bloom at Logan Botanic Garden in south west Scotland because of the mild winter weather.

Logan is living up to its reputation as Scotland’s most exotic garden as its collection of southern hemisphere plants flower weeks earlier than usual.

Garden Curator Richard Baines explained: “The variety and diversity of plants in flower this winter is quite staggering. Logan enjoys a mild maritime climate due to its location and the influence of the Gulf Stream but this winter has been exceptional. So far we have had just one frost when the temperature fell to -1.2C.’’

Bright carmine buds and soft pink flowers of Camellia saluenensis from southern China and vibrant flowers of Clinthus puniceus, the lobster claw or parrot bill, from New Zealand are adding splashes of colour to dull winter days. Star of the show is the Garden’s Grevillea ‘Chevithorne Gold’ which has been producing amazing spider-like flowers all winter.

Mr Baines said: “Research suggests that over the next 35 years the UK will experience a rise of 1.9C in its average temperature. If this is correct, I expect flowering times at Logan to continue to get earlier.’’

He added: “Last winter we only recorded seven frosts at Logan, the coldest being -2.4C. Milder winters will allow us to extend our range of plants particularly those from Australia and South Africa.’’

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a charity (registration number SC007983)