Berghill


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Apple Tree Rootstock

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 21:30

If I had the time I would grow apple trees from seed to go where I want


Trouble with that is that Apples do not grow true from seed. They are reckoned to be the plant most capable of variation from seed. You could get a decebt ree, but the likely hood is that you could wait 25 years and end up with a very tall tree which produced a crop of tiny bitter apples.

The mole hole to end all moleholes

Posted: 17/07/2016 at 15:38

No, we don't live in the mountains and the rocks come from all down the West coast of Britain, brought by glaciers in the last Ice Age and dumped here at the bottom of a huge lake, say about 100,000 years ago, As to why they are buried in our garden, your guess is as good as mine. The brick rubble and slate come from three 1804 houses which fell down in the 1960's and were bulldozed across the land. The boulders were obviously part of what was here then and indeed, some of them have lime mortar on them, but generally we have never been able to work out why they are in the garden.

The mole hole to end all moleholes

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 16:50

I found a mole hill in the grass path. I dug down to see if I could find the run for a trap placement.


This is what we ended up with.



Mole hole 1



Another rock which is too heavy to move,just yet.



The rocks we did manage to move elsewhere.


Not photographed are the three bags of brick rubble removed from the hole.


And worst of all, no sign of the mole tunnel either.

Last edited: 16 July 2016 16:52:18

Bad year for raspberries

Posted: 16/07/2016 at 08:53

We have such a heavy crop this year that the plants have snapped their supports with the weight of fruit. Makes picking a bit difficult.

help to identify this plant?

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 15:47

May not be such a thug for Alex, but it is a banned plant in parts of the USA as it is such a problem in the JK vein..

help to identify this plant?

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 14:27

Sorbaria has white flowers about now. Leaves are not the right shape for Astilbe.

help to identify this plant?

Posted: 15/07/2016 at 12:33

Now I would have said it was Sorbaria sorbifolia Sem, which is just as much of a thug as Rhus

Belfast Sink

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 14:28

Personally I dislike the idea of crocks or gravel in the bottom of a sink. It just gives a big space where there is no goodness for roots


Definitely sounds like the plug hole is blocked though. When you have cleared the blockage, I cover the hole with some of the zinc wire netting sold for car body work repair or failing that, the fine mesh plastic bag which onions are sold.

Salix caprea 'Kilmarnock'

Posted: 14/07/2016 at 14:24

Bit late for pruning now. You normally would do it right after the catkins on any willow have finished. It flowers on new wood so you want to encourage it to grow new branches. BUT, as Nutcutlet says, if you are not bothered about catkins then you could cut some of it back now. No more than a third though.


We cut ours right back to within 6 to 9 inches of the point of origin of branches in the middle of May.

Looking after an Aruncus

Posted: 11/07/2016 at 16:05

Ours is huge and in full sun in silty loam. The roots are shaded though by other plants and it does get lots of water when the pond next to it overflows.


If you want a smaller version of it for a well drained spot in sun then look out for Aruncus aesthusifolius.

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